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Caution needed over anti-abortion protests, Archbishop warns

“I would be particularly cautious about protesting against GPs because everybody is going there, and people go there for all sorts of reasons.”

2019.01.07.

“Sad day for human rights” as Eighth Amendment deleted

“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”

2018.09.19.

Pro-lifers ‘deeply saddened’ by abortion referendum result

In many countries of the world, the Church must proclaim this Gospel of Life in the context of abortion being widely available, says Archbishop Eamon Martin to pilgrims in Knock.

2018.05.28.

Church leaders react to referendum outcome

"As Church we will continue to explore effective ways to support women and their unborn children, families in difficulty and women who have had an abortion” - Bishop Kevin Doran.

2018.05.27.

Referendum campaign continues as polling day draws near

Ciara Ferry reports on this last Sunday before the referendum.

2018.05.20.

Choose life, urges Bishop Monahan in pre-referendum pastoral

The Irish Constitution offers protection and care, in equal measure, to both women and unborn babies. Why would we want to alter this carefully worked balance to the detriment of either mother or baby? – Bishop Monahan

2018.05.05.

Grandparents support retention of Eighth Amendment

Grandparents understand the challenges that face their daughters and sons as parents, “because we have lived similar challenges in our own lives”.

2018.03.20.

Former Taoiseach John Bruton pays tribute to Bishop Farrell

“He takes a huge interest in people and their lives, particularly when they face difficult times, such as bereavement.”

2018.03.13.

Pro life dismay at Cabinet backing for repeal of Eighth Amendment

“In the coming weeks, it will become clear that the government’s proposal would lead to abortion on demand if voted for in the referendum” – Dr Ruth Cullen.

2018.01.30.

Oireachtas committee’s vote in favour of abortion is apalling, says Pro Life Campaign

Thankfully, the committee won't have the final say on the Eight Amendment. The electorate will have that responsibility and I am confident they will vote to keep it.

2017.12.16.

Psychiatrist withdraws from presentation to Oireachtas Committee on abortion

"It has become increasingly clear that the process of the Committee has been so arranged as to reach a pre-set decision without balanced consideration of any evidence that runs contrary to this pre-determined outcome” - Patricia Casey.

2017.10.20.

Primate “nervous” of any reconstruction of the border

“We want to say as bishops our firm ‘no’ to a harsh language and remind our politicians that their vocation is to work for the common good and exercise their leadership through the careful practice of compromise and agreement.”

2017.02.28.

“Vast majority of Catholic schools enrol all applicants”

The CPSMA, the CPS and Iona Institute react to Education Minister’s proposed changes to the school admission system.

2017.01.17.

Peter McVerry Trust to double housing

“It is also the most serious social issue which Ireland faces today. With the right political will, it can be solved. We will continue to advocate on behalf of homeless people to seek to get the issue of homelessness and housing to the top of the Government’s agenda.” – Peter Mc Verry.

2016.10.27.

Ministers never met parents given poor pre-natal prognoses

As Wallace Bill is voted down, One Day More criticise Alliance Ministers John Halligan and Shane Ross for having spent the week talking about their children but never bothering to meet them.

2016.07.08.

Irish society must be ‘people-centered’: Archbishop

If an unborn child has a life-limiting condition, it would be “inhumane to withdraw the protection of the Constitution to their right to life”.

2016.02.17.

Ray D’Arcy Show failed to uphold fairness

BAI finding: RTE interview with Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty Ireland articulated a "partisan position" on the issue of abortion.

2015.12.11.

Urgent need to stop more families becoming homeless

Bishops mark International Human Rights Day with a call to redouble efforts to prevent more deaths of homeless people on our streets.

2015.12.10.

“Cherish all the children of the nation equally”

“As a society our progress should be measured against how effectively we care for the most vulnerable amongst us,” bishops state.

2015.12.03.

Primate rejects suggestions Church has lost its way

Some accuse the Church of not doing enough to stop the amendment; others criticise Church for stridently presenting a message that was out of touch with the people.

2015.06.01.

A reasoned No vote is not homophobic

"What will happen will be determined exclusively by the courts and we know from past experience that test cases can produce unexpected results” - Archbishop Martin.

2015.05.20.

Bishops & philosopher highlight MarRef concerns

"Getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation," - Bishop MacDaid.

2015.05.19.

Bishops warn of possible law suits if MarRef passes

"Will those who sincerely believe that marriage is between a man and a woman be forced to act against their faith and conscience?” - Bishop Martin Drennan.

2015.05.17.

Senior lawyers call for No vote in referendum

Conscience rights of teachers will be severely compromised if referendum passes.

2015.05.16.

Primate reiterates opposition to referendum proposal

The Church is not trying to hurt or offend anyone, “We simply want to respect the dignity of difference between male and female” - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.05.14.

Archbishop gives his reasons for voting No

“We are all children of a male and a female and this must have relevance to our understanding of the way children should be nurtured and educated."

2015.05.07.

New study on implications of changing Article 41

Preference for motherhood and fatherhood likely to become unconstitutional under new Article if referendum passed.

2015.05.06.

Bishop Smith decries lack of debate over CFR bill

The search for equality in our society will not be advanced by undermining the very cornerstone on which a just and stable society is built.

2015.05.04.

Yes campaign misunderstand ‘equality’: Primate

If society imposes a 'new orthodoxy' of 'gender-neutral' marriage... what will we be expected to teach children in school about marriage?

2015.05.03.

Tánaiste fails to endorse motherhood & fatherhood

Government believes "the sexes are completely interchangeable and that men and women bring nothing special and distinct to the lives of their children” - Iona Institute.

2015.04.20.
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