Saturday, May 11, 2013

Archbishop Eamon Martin - Catholics have a Duty to Oppose abortion legislation

The Government's proposed abortion legislation has been slammed as “gravely immoral” and Catholics cannot leave their faith “outside the room” when considering these matters, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, has said.

In remarks at the closing of the Novena in the parish of Saint Patrick, Roden Place, Dundalk, Archbishop Martin said the government's proposal “strikes at the very heart of our faith and belief because it directly targets human life which is sacred and a gift from God”. 

He added: “The right to life is such a natural and inviolable right that no individual, no majority and no State can ever create, modify or destroy it.”

Catholics had a duty to oppose this legislation, he said. “[I]f we are in ‘communion’ with Christ, the Bread of Life, at Mass or during adoration, then we are also ‘commissioned’ to bring the Good News about Life out there into our community.,” Archbishop Martin said. 

“How can we be in communion with the Bread of Life at Mass or here tonight and not speak the ‘Gospel of Life’ in our daily lives, especially these days when unborn human life is under such a direct threat in our country?”

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