Irish archbishop: Catholic politicians must defend life
Catholic politicians must defend life from ‘conception to death’, the primate of All Ireland has said.
Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland, gave a keynote address at the Kennedy Summer School in New Ross, Co Wexford.
“Catholic politicians, in particular, have an important but very challenging responsibility nowadays to support laws which uphold the dignity of every human person made in God’s image – even when this is not the popular opinion to hold,” he said.
If the Northern Ireland Executive is not convened by 21st October, abortion will be imposed on Northern Ireland. The Republic of Ireland last year repealed its constitutional ban on abortion.
Archbishop Martin said that policies like these “must be opposed, not only on the grounds of faith, but also by virtue of right reason.”
“Laws and policies that fundamentally contradict the moral law, such as those that would violate the life and integrity of any person at any stage, from conception to death are fundamentally unjust and must be opposed,” he said.
“The life of the Christian demands that believers give a coherent witness to the Gospel in every facet of their lives,” he said.
Archbishop Martin welcomed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s call for a new relationship between church and State.
He said both “would do well in these troubled times to dialogue and co-operate in the service of Ireland and the protection of humanity.”
“In an Ireland where rising individualism is often accompanied by growing disaffection and disillusionment with the leadership provided by both church leaders and public representatives, faith and politics need each other,” he added.
In a wide-ranging speech, Archbishop Martin also referred to the current political climate, the importance of Christians obeying God’s will, and the role of the family in society.