Opinion

Tuesday 24 April 2018

What do you expect to hear at Mass if not the Gospel?

The Catholic Church is perfectly entitled to broadcast its stance on the Eighth Amendment, writes Maria Steen

CAMPAIGNING: Protesters at a Retain the Eighth marchto. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA
CAMPAIGNING: Protesters at a Retain the Eighth marchto. Photo: Caroline Quinn/PA

'My hope is for a mature and calm debate in which all views are heard", reads the pinned tweet at the top of Senator Catherine Noone's Twitter page.

But on Easter Sunday, the same senator, who chaired the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, published an ill-judged tweet. She attended Mass at Knock Basilica and complained that "an octogenarian priest took at least three opportunities to preach to us about abortion". Noone continued: "It's no wonder people feel disillusioned with the Catholic Church", and finished with "#HappyEasterSunday #8thRef #TogetherForYes".

The tweet was heavily criticised, as being ageist and condescending, which it was.

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