“The Pro-Life Movement approaches the first anniversary of the referendum with both profound sadness and renewed determination.”
More than three million voters eligible to vote today in referendum to remove regulation of divorce from Constitution and reduce waiting times.
It is important from a Christian faith perspective to vote but it would be a shame to just tick a box without first considering the social context and challenges that marriages face today.
“I would be particularly cautious about protesting against GPs because everybody is going there, and people go there for all sorts of reasons.”
“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.”
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.
"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.
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
“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.
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.
"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.
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.