A Catholic bishop in Ireland says that those Catholics who voted in favor of repealing the ban on abortion have committed a sin and should go to confession. He tried to explain the vote.
He said the result indicated something “a little bit shocking” in Irish society. “There are cultural Catholics and committed Catholics… To be honest, many people would consider themselves Catholics, religion has become somewhat divorced from faith.”
He said “I think perhaps one of the problems we face is that for too long we’ve tended to rely exclusively on a model of faith formation which is addressed to young people in schools, and apart from the Sunday homily there hasn’t been serious faith formation in our parishes.
Sorry bishop, your explanation is completely missing the boat. You should look inwards instead. You and the church are simply becoming irrelevant because the Catholic church has become more of a criminal organization, tolerating and covering up the worst kind of crimes and abuses. No amount of confession by you and the rest of your colleagues in the clergy and hierarchy can ever wash away those sins.
I had not realized that Northern Ireland, though a part of the United Kingdom, has far more restrictive abortion laws than the rest of the UK.
Northern Ireland has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe with even rape and fatal foetal abnormality not considered legal grounds for a termination. And unlike other parts of the United Kingdom, abortions are banned apart from when the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.
The penalty for undergoing or performing an unlawful abortion is life imprisonment.
Following Ireland’s move to scrap its constitutional ban on abortions, British prime minister Theresa May is now under pressure to relax those laws to bring them into conformity with the rest of the UK.