Bishop slams prospect of convention on abortion
A Catholic Bishop has accused the Government of "abdicating responsibility" in the debate on abortion.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin criticised the Taoiseach Enda Kenny's pledge to establish a Citizens' Convention to discuss the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.
The Bishop queried how members of this proposed Citizens' Convention would be selected, and how the convention would be shown to be truly representative.
"Any attempt to hand this crucial matter of the protection of human life to an unelected body would amount to an abdication by the Government of its responsibility for the common good," Dr Doran said.
He added that he was "very satisfied that the Eighth Amendment has saved thousands of lives" as without it the Oireachtas would have legislated for abortion.
He added: "Obviously if there is a referendum, then I would be urging Irish people of every political persuasion to put politicians under pressure because any society that is prepared to abort the babies of the nation isn't deserving of the name civilised."
Bishop Doran was attending a talk given by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore on 'Teaching the Truth about Marriage' hosted by the Iona Institute in Dublin. Bishop Cullinan described the vote in favour of same-sex marriage as an "error", and questioned whether the State really cares about marriage as it does not have marriage preparation courses for couples.