Michael McDowell: Church and politics both need doctrine of reform
Without change, both the Catholic Church and Irish political institutions will fall like a house of cards.
IT is a strange irony that Lucinda Creighton and Derek Keating, both Fine Gael TDs who voted in opposite lobbies on the Government's Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill, should on that account each face the loss of a ministry that was dear to their hearts.
Lucinda Creighton, as is well known, lost her ministry, her membership of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, her Dail office, and was informed that she would be deselected as a Fine Gael candidate for the next general election, because she voted against the legislation.
Meanwhile, Derek Keating, a backbench TD for Dublin Mid West, was informed by his parish priest that by reason of his vote for the government legislation he was to stand aside as a minister of the eucharist in his local parish church.