Wednesday 15 August 2018

Fear, guilt, and more empathy than ever...

The referendum might look like it's traditionalists vs leftie dissenters, but the mainstream will decide, writes Gene Kerrigan

Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Cartoonist: Tom Halliday
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

The Veritas shop in Abbey Street, Dublin, is a retailer of Catholic publications and paraphernalia. It should be alien territory for a long-time non-believer, but nostalgia brings me there most Christmases, usually to buy some candles.

And it's one reason why I doubt one of the predictions about next year's abortion referendum - the one that says there will be savage conflict between committed Catholics on one side and feminists, liberals and feckless atheists on the other.

That's how some will seek to portray the abortion debate, but that's not how it is.

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