Monday 19 February 2018

Don't throw baby out with the bathwater

Private faith should never dictate public healthcare, writes Group Business Editor Dearbhail McDonald

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Had we burned the Religious Sisters of Charity (the owners of the St Vincent's Hospital Group) at the metaphorical stake last week, it still wouldn't have been enough for some.

Last week, the anti-Catholic Twitterati were blindsided when a group of elderly nuns announced they were withdrawing from any involvement in the new National Maternity Hospital - and getting out of healthcare. In one deft move, this group of sisters stole the thunder from another group of sisters - a social media mob - by removing the bogeyman of Catholic ethos from the table.

The truth is, this maternity dispute has always been more about mammon than God.

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