Irish primate amazed by calls to repeal pro-life constitutional amendment
[Nonetheless, by His Excellency’s own admission, he is not shocked to letting priests marry and thinking that atheists go to heaven]
Catholic World News – June 01, 2016
Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has professed his amazement at calls for the removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which guarantees the right to life of the unborn child.
The Eighth Amendment was approved by a national referendum in 1983. The archbishop said that if another referendum were held, the Catholic hierarchy would work energetically against repeal. That effort, he said, would be more aggressive than the bishops’ opposition to last year’s referendum on same-sex marriage, because “what we’re talking about here is what we believe to be the most fundamental right of all, which is the right to life.”
The archbishop, who carried the title Primate of All Ireland, acknowledged that the public authority of the Catholic hierarchy has taken a severe blow because of the abuse scandal. He estimated that it would take “about 30 years” for the Church to recover.