Irish Bishop Calls Pro-life Community to Action Following Vote Permitting Abortion

The Irish bishops call upon the faithful to be missionary disciples following the historic vote removing constitutional protections for the unborn in Ireland.  The vote was a blow to the pro-life movement and paves the way for the legalization of abortion through legislation in one of the most Catholic countries in Europe.  In a homily offered during a pilgrimage to a Marian shrine in Knock, Ireland, Bishop Eamon Martin of the diocese of Armagh posed the following question as a challenge to the pro-life community:

“The question remains: How can we channel the obvious care and concern of so many good people in Ireland to genuinely and practically help vulnerable women who feel that the only way out of the crisis is to end the life of their unborn child? How can we together show genuine ‘compassion’ in the literal sense of ‘suffering with’ women in their vulnerability? What new supports, apart from the option of abortion, will be in place for mothers and fathers at the point of crisis? And will our compassion extend to the life of the unborn child? These questions remain for the whole of Irish society, including the Church.”