The Irish Bishops have issued another statement in response to the government's abortion bill. Here is the statement delivered by the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin:
One of our government ministers, Simon Coveney, going into a cabinet meeting today seemed to dismiss the bishop's concerns. He is quoted as saying that this bill is about saving lives not ending them, and that groups protesting the bill have got it wrong. Minister Coveney seemed to be against abortion at the outset, but given that he is now chanting Enda Kenny's mantra, I presume he has been convinced to support the bill.
This statement is the strongest yet - I'm sure the government will not be happy. Expect another attack on the Church in the media. I must say I am mightily impressed by Archbishop Eamon Martin: we may well have an extraordinary Primate in the making. We must pray for him.