Monday, January 7, 2013
Catholic Church a spent force in Ireland?
After the somewhat blustering article in the Irish Times on Saturday (my post on that here), headlined by the accusation that the Catholic Church was challenging democracy by speaking out against the proposals on legislative change in Ireland's abortion regime, today's IT reports that the Irish government is 'taken aback' at the language the Irish bishops are using, who are stating bluntly that Ireland is on the road to the direct and intentional killing of unborn children. The same article also reports that Government ministers are to meet with Church leaders next week to discuss the matter; and that the bishops' conference will speak before the Dail's (parliament) health committee next week as well.
Given the surprised reaction by pundits and politicians to the Church's clear & public stance on this, one would suspect they thought the bishop's were going to keep their heads down on this issue. Perhaps they thought the Catholic Church was a spent force in Ireland? The bishops rolling up their sleeves and getting into the trenches on this may not change anything in relation to where the government is going with this legislation. But there is something coming out of this: those who thought the Catholic Church was a spent force in Ireland were wrong.