Archbishop Martin told to butt out of Irish abortion debate
Fine Gael parliamentarian Kate O’Connell has told Archbishop Eamon Martin, above, the Catholic Church Primate of Ireland, to keep his nose out of the country’s current debate on abortion.
O’Connell, according to this report, said:
I don’t see why Archbishop Martin should be getting involved in women’s health issues. It is the same as asking my four-year-old.
O’Connell hit out at the Archbishop’s calls for politicians to remember their faith in their dealings with the 1983 abortion amendment.
Calling for the eighth amendment to be retained, he suggested that to support abortion is not in keeping with the fundamental teaching of the Church, and that the taking of a life, at whatever stage, is:
Gravely, morally wrong.
O’Connell rejected his comments.
I don’t see why the archbishop’s views are in anyway relevant.
She added that the Church should not have any role in deciding or shaping policy which relates to the health of women.
They [the Church] are entitled to their opinion, but I don’t put any weight in them. I don’t see what involvement the Catholic Church should have in women’s health issues.
Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said the archbishop’s comments show exactly why a separation of Church and State is so badly needed.
We as legislators should not be following the preachings of leaders of faith, in this case the leader of the Catholic Church.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, the only minister who took part in the pro-choice march on September 24, said she had no problem with politicians being influenced by their religious values.
I have no difficulty with politicians being influenced and shaped drawing on their religious beliefs or their traditions and the values that they hold.
Secondly, I think it’s absolutely clear to everyone that we live in a Republic, so when we make decisions about our Constitution, those are decisions that we need to keep in mind that is true and good for all of our citizens and residents.
Independent senator Rónán Mullen said everyone, no matter their station, has an equal right to express their views on important civic issues.
Everybody, religious or otherwise, has the equal right to argue from their heart.