A Discerning Church Listens
Many of us don’t like the idea of abortion in Ireland. But at the same time we feel unsure about imposing our opinion on other citizens. Especially when the pregnancy is problematic. As a parish community which welcomes all, Gardiner Street Church wants to engage with the questions raised by this referendum. Pope Francis encourages us …
“to create spaces where pastoral workers can be helped and healed, ‘places where faith itself in the crucified and risen Jesus is renewed, where the most profound questions and daily concerns are shared, where deeper discernment about our experiences and life itself is undertaken in the light of the Gospel, for the purpose of directing individual and social decisions towards the good and beautiful’.” Joy of the Gospel #77
We want to create a safe space to listen to the teaching of the Church, the experiences of women/couples facing challenging pregnancies and to the legal consequences of a yes/no vote. So, you are invited to three meetings in May.
FEEDBACK FROM SESSIONS
Session 2 What is the experience of women in Ireland facing challenging pregnancies?
Pictured to the right are Fr Richard O'Dwyer SJ with Ann-Marie Lee, Midwife and Deirdre Twomey, Obstetrician at our 'A Discerning Church Listens' talk on 8th May. This talk was well attended and received excellent feedback. Our final talk is next week Tuesday 15th May at 8pm.
The aim of the meetings is to promote listening: listening to real life experiences, listening to the teaching of our Church and listening to the legal realities. This will not be a forum for campaigners but it will be a safe space for you to listen, inform your conscience and take that step towards a referendum decision.
Statements from Churches
Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops
...Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann) has a particular vision which is based on respect for the right to life of every person. We believe that the deletion or amendment of this article can have no other effect than to expose unborn children to greater risk and that it would not bring about any benefit for the life or health of women in Ireland...
Two Lives, one Love
....We acknowledge that too often in this debate the voice of women has not been heard. The church will seek to continue to care for and pastorally stand alongside women, and their partners and families, who face immensely difficult situations and dilemmas....
Statement on the proposal to repeal
Evangelical Alliance Ireland
....We would strongly argue against any proposal to repeal the Eighth Amendment. We would see the Eighth Amendment as a positive Human Rights measure that is in keeping with Ireland’s growing reputation as a modern and compassionate
...And we encourage all to prayerful and loving action in support of pregnant women and families who find themselves in need and seeking help. We remain committed to a society where all are valued and where we are willing to use our time and resources to ensure justice for all...
Presbyterian Church in Ireland
...“We strongly urge you to work for an Ireland that follows a different, more truly progressive path, and is a place where the weak and vulnerable, including children in the womb, are cherished and protected.”...
American Jesuits 2018
Protecting the least among us
- Bunreacht nah Éireann- Constitution of Ireland (October 2015)
- Department of Health: Policy paper on regulation of termination of pregnancy
- First Report and Recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
- Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution December 2017
- Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013
- Supreme Court judgement on the Unborn
- Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Protecting the Least Among Us: A Statement of the Society of Jesus in the United States on Abortion
- Random Sample of Submissions Received on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution
- Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018
- Catechism of the Catholic Church. PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST. SECTION TWO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. CHAPTER TWO YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. Article 5 THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT I. Respect for Human Life
- ‘Our Common Humanity’ - statement on the second day of the Spring 2018 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference
Article in the Irish Jesuit Website - Love Law and the 8th Amendment
The Eighth Amendment reads as follows:
The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.