Irish Bishops have ‘constructive’ meeting with Prime Minister Varadkar and ministers

Irish Bishops have ‘constructive’ meeting with Prime Minister Varadkar and ministers

The agenda for the meeting included the Irish constitution’s pro-life Eighth Amendment and the possibility of a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.

[Catholic World News Editor’s Note: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who assumed office in June, is openly homosexual and has announced a 2018 abortion referendum]

The [Irish] Journal

90516209Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo VaradkarSource: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

A DELEGATION OF bishops and officials from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference held a two-hour meeting with ministers at Government Buildings in Dublin today.

This was the first such meeting to take place under the Church-State structured dialogue process with Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach.

The church delegation was led by Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, the president and vice-president respectively of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The agenda for the meeting included the World Meeting of Families 2018 – an international Catholic conference set to take place in Dublin next year; the possibility of a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis; education issues; the Eighth Amendment and Northern Ireland, among other topics.

After the meeting, Archbishop Eamon Martin said: “We had a constructive discussion with the Taoiseach and his ministers today, and we focused on issues which are fundamental to sustaining the common good of Irish life.

I believe that regular Church-State dialogue is in the interest of everyone and reflects a truly pluralist society.

Varadkar tweeted that the meeting went well, saying faith communities have an “important place in Irish life”.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Health Minister Simon Harris, Education Minister Richard Bruton, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty and Transport Minister Shane Ross also attended the meeting.

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2 comments on “Irish Bishops have ‘constructive’ meeting with Prime Minister Varadkar and ministers

  1. [A followup “constructive” comment from the Taosieach (Prime Minister)]

    Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar: Unborn Babies Should Not Have Equal Rights as Adults

    SPUC [for the British “Society for the Protection of Unborn Children”]
    SEP 11, 2017

    The Irish PM has made yet more contradictory remarks on abortion.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who announced a referendum on the Eighth Amendment on his first day in office, shared his views on abortion in an interview with the New York Times.

    He said: “As a doctor, I would perform pregnancy scans and while I don’t accept the view that the unborn child, the foetus, if you prefer that term, should have equal rights to an adult woman, to the mother, I don’t share this view that the baby in the womb, the foetus, whatever term you want to use, should have no rights at all.

    “And there are people who take the view that human rights only begin after you’re born and that a child in the womb with a beating heart, the ability to hear, the ability to feel pain, should have no rights whatsoever. I don’t agree with that.”

    Mr Varadkar has a history of expressing conflicting views on abortion and the rights of the unborn. His latest comments, in conjunction with his commitment to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment, will intensify suspicions that he is pursuing the campaign for political gain.

  2. Berglio/Franciscus will be at home in the ‘New’ Ireland.

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