Sunday 19 November 2017

Politicians aren't under obligation to legislate for X Case, says archbishop

Sarah MacDonald

THE Archbishop of Tuam has said the Government is under no obligation to legislate for the X Case judgment.

In his homily for the Day for Life in Knock on Saturday, Archbishop Michael Neary claimed that the proposed Protection of Maternal Life During Pregnancy Bill required legislators to pass a law prescribing the death of innocent human beings.

He urged politicians to consider whether it was necessary to provide for abortion in circumstances where the evidence "overwhelmingly indicates it is unnecessary and unjustified".

He also suggested that the moral and spiritual heritage of the Irish people was "under attack in a rather sinister way" and said the church felt "duty-bound" to speak out on behalf of "those who have no voice".

He told pilgrims at the Co Mayo shrine that the right to life was "such an inviolable right that no individual and no state may ever modify or destroy it".

Dr Neary added that the church was making its opposition to the bill known as citizens committed to the principle that the direct and intentional killing of an innocent person could never be justified.

HALF-TRUTHS

"There is a great need to expose the half-truths, fallacies, and misrepresentations about what we believe with regard to this central issue," he said.

The archbishop added that the church had never said that the life of the child must be preferred to the life of the mother. "The medical treatment of mothers whose lives are in danger is permissible even if this results in the unintended death of the child," he added.

Irish Independent

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