Another Irish bishop has entered the debate over whether Catholic politicians who vote for the Government's proposed abortion legislation should be refused communion.
Bishop Colm O'Reilly, chairman of the Catholic Bishops' National
Mission Council, described turning politicians away from the altar as
Speaking at the launch of the Irish Missionary Union's
new missionary centre in Pearse Street, Dublin, Bishop
O'Reilly said: "Any good priest certainly wouldn't do that to someone in
public without having talked to the person in advance."
he would not turn away anyone without having first spoken to them in
private and reminding them of the church's teachings and canon law
provisions on this issue.
Bishop O'Reilly's comments follow those
of Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, who suggested last weekend that
politicians who vote for the Government's proposed abortion legislation
should not approach a priest "looking for communion".