Opinion: Catholic Church opposition to abortion congress



His Eminence Seán, Cardinal Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All-Ireland, Cardinal-Priest of Santi Quirico e Giulitta


The conference being held at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, County Down on the subject of Abortion hosted by the so-called Family Planning Association has been rightly condemned by the hierarchy of the Church in Ireland.

Abortion what is it?

Abortion (from the Latin word aboriri, “to perish”) may be briefly defined as “the loss of a fetal life.

In it the fetus dies while yet within the generative organs of the mother, or it is ejected or extracted from them before it is viable; that is, before it is sufficiently developed to continue its life by itself.

Catholic Encyclopedia

What did the bishops say?

We deplore and oppose the conference to be held this evening and tomorrow in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle entitled the ‘First All-Ireland Conference on Abortion and Clinical Practice’.

This conference is clearly designed to undermine the rights and welfare of children in the womb and the consistently pro-life position of the majority of people on this island. It is an attempt to normalise what is unacceptable. We appeal to all those who cherish the inherent dignity of human life in all its stages to join us in expressing opposition to this event.

Every human life is worthy of protection from the moment of conception to natural death. The dignity of the human person is absolute and inviolable. We call on public representatives to express their opposition to this conference and to promote and defend a legislative environment which respects the inherent dignity of life in all it stages.

A conference which promotes themes such as ‘manual vacuum aspiration’ and ‘issues in late abortion’ is an affront to the dignity of the human person. It is gravely immoral. Respect should be shown in all circumstances for the life and well being of both the mother and the unborn child.

One of the objectives of the conference is to learn about how clinicians can be trained to provide abortion services. This raises questions about how the statutory authorities should respond to such an event in a jurisdiction where abortion is illegal in most circumstances.

No one should be forced to act against their conscience on a moral issue as fundamental as the right to life of the unborn. Employers and others must therefore uphold the right of every person to have their moral conscience and deeply held religious beliefs respected.

We call on Catholics and other Christians to renew their efforts to build a culture of life and to pray in particular for a renewed appreciation of the preciousness and inherent dignity of the life of the child in the womb.

What do I say?

The State condemns murder: yet that is just what abortion is – the murder of the innocents. In Ireland, both in Northern Ireland and in the Irish Free State Éire abortion is illegal. This position has been confirmed by the Northern Ireland Assembly and Dáil Éireann and the so-called family planning association should take note. Those who seem to want to force the provision of state-sponsored murder should think about what they are proposing.

Since 1967 there have been 6.7 million abortions. That is many more than the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust. Yet this is allowed by our country. If we had not killed these babies, we would have many more people in the country, and one would hope that there would not be quite as much of a crisis in the pensions as there would be more people paying in to support our pensioners.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!


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