Friday, July 20, 2012

Time To Act

Things are hotting up in the abortion debate here in Ireland. The committee appointed by the government is due to report in the Autumn and many are speculating that it will be the beginning of the government's campaign to legalize the killing of our children.

Fr Gabriel Burke has an interesting post on this. He points out that now is the time for the bishops to act and begin informing those TDs who claim to be Catholic what the consequences of their support for the legalisation of abortion will mean for them. I hope they will take the bull by the horns and show our government that we will not sit down and stay silent in the face of this abuse of unborn children - we have been silent for too long. 

A friend pointed out that the government may not even allow a vote on the matter, but negotiate all party support, as they did with the civil partnership bill, and then pass the bill.  In that way they think they can stop the Church implementing canonical penalties against individual Catholic TDs who would have voted for it. I wouldn't put anything past them.

Of course God knows what goes on in the human heart: at the end of the day sly political tactics will not save those who seek to facilitate the murder of the innocent.   Perhaps reflection on King David's murder of Uriah and Ahab and Jezebel's murder of Naboath is required. 

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