Sinn Fein deputy leader speaks out against bishops' approach on abortion issue
Mary Lou McDonald says church hierarchy 'waving crozier' in debate
Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, speaking in Cork on Friday, said the hierarchy of any religion is entitled to its views on the matter of abortion.
“But I think people also need to understand, and the Catholic hierarchy need to understand, that the Dáil and the elected institutions of this State are there to serve all of the people,” she said, according to the Irish Examiner.
“It would be wholly inappropriate for public policy to be bound or directed by any particular religious ethos or belief. You can’t have that in a republic.
“So I would respectfully say to the Catholic bishops that their involvement in the debate is absolutely legitimate but it is not appropriate to wave the crozier at lawmakers and legislators.
“That’s not appropriate at all and does not represent a positive contribution to the debate.
“They can have their say and put their view across without resorting to what I interpret as an attempt to bully elected representatives, who, like myself, happen to be Catholic.”
This weekend Catholic bishops circulated a 'Choose Life' leaflet to every Catholic parish in Ireland.
The bishops have accused the Irish government of misleading the public on the proposed legislation.
However, McDonald said she does not appreciate the bishops' approach.
“We know the job we have to do. We do it in good conscience and in good faith and on the basis of a democratic mandate, and whilst the bishops can have their say, they do need to respect the integrity of the democratic process and institutions of the state,” she said.
15 - 37 | See all comments
- An open letter in strong defence of capitalism.
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent...
- Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after...
- Virginia governor slammed by doctor over...
- Irish drugs mule to escape full trial and...
- Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning.
- Top Christmas Irish ads that will be bring...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Hollywood star Gabriel Byrne brands new Pope...
How about changing the red , white and blue American flag) to green, black & red ? how would the yanks like it ?Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for new flag for Northern Ireland (VIDEO)
Dano you do not live in Ireland any sibling of an Irish person (or grandparent can apply for a passport). You do not live in Ireland.Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying for same-sex marriage license
Crusades came back in 2001 and now being waged by Secular Christians from USA and EU......The original Crusades were fought by European Catholics.Nelson Mandela once considered a terrorist by many Irish political leaders
If you wear a uniform you can kill all the women and children you like ,isn't that correct Chuck.