The Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, used his Christmas Day message as an opportunity to urge people to lobby politicians on the issue of abortion.
As the Government finalises
legislation and regulation to allow for a pregnancy to be terminated if
the mother’s life is in danger, the primate said it would be a defining
moment for Ireland.
“Public representatives will be asked to
decide whether a caring and compassionate society is defined by
providing the best possible care and protection to a woman struggling to
cope with an unwanted pregnancy or by the deliberate destruction of
another human life,” he said.
hope that everyone who believes that the right to life is fundamental
will make their voice heard in a reasonable but forthright way to their
representatives, reminding them that the right to life is conferred on
human beings not by the powerful ones of this world but by the creator.
cardinal also used his message to urge more action to help the least
well-off in society.
“I believe this failure to prioritise the
elimination of child and family poverty in the reform of the tax and
welfare system, in any jurisdiction, is unworthy of a society which
claims to have a paramount concern for children,” he said.
cardinal warned neither politics alone, nor economics, can address our
need for meaning in life. “Unprecedented financial pressures, and an
ever-increasingly aggressive public culture, along with social, moral
and spiritual fragmentation, are leading to lives being overwhelmed by
stress, intolerable interior isolation and even quiet despair,” he said.
can, and should, do better than this in striving to create a society
truly worthy of the dignity of the human person. It would have to be a
society in which the emotional, moral and religious as well as the
economic needs are met. The consequences of failing to cater for those
needs can be tragic.”
In his Christmas midnight Mass homily in St
Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin called on
people to restore the community spirit during the downturn.