Colum Kenny: Bishops confuse their own identity with that of God
Most Irish Catholics support abortion in defined circumstances, yet the bishops ignore this.
The Catholic bishops have lost perspective on the minor abortion legislation now being proposed to safeguard women's lives. And most Catholics know it.
The legislation proposes just one basic thing. That abortion will be available in extreme cases where doctors find a real risk that a woman is likely to die from physical illness or from suicide.
It does not include abortion for rape, although reliable opinion polls show that the vast majority of Catholics support abortion in such cases. Women still have to go to England for that.