Ireland and pro-life soul-searching

Ireland and pro-life soul-searching

[Hat-tip to Canon212: “His visit is an opportunity to guide them in soul-searching’ – CruxMag’s Allen blames faithful pro-lifers for the FrancisMess that is Ireland”]

From Musings on a big Saturday on the Vatican news beat (John L. Allen Jr. – May 27, 2018):

It’s hardly as if Francis’s looming trip to Ireland in late August needed any help in terms of being complicated – the country has experienced four decades of intense secularization since the last time a pope came calling in 1979, all but eviscerating the Church’s once-tight grip on the culture, and it’s also arguably the place where the Catholic clerical abuse scandal has been felt in its most acute form.

Yet a further complication is precisely what Irish voters delivered to Francis on Friday, choosing overwhelmingly to eliminate a pro-life amendment to the national constitution and thus open the door to a broad legalization of abortion. (No doubt, secularization and the abuse scandals aren’t just complications for a papal trip, but principal factors driving Friday’s result.)

The margin of victory for the vote to repeal, 66 percent to 34, is roughly the same margin by which the amendment was adopted in 1983 – which tells you pretty much everything you need to know about what’s happened in Ireland in the intervening 35 years.

Francis is traveling to Ireland for the close of the World Meeting of Families, which was launched in 1994 under St. Pope John Paul II. Over the years, it’s been a gathering place for the Church’s most ardently pro-family, and hence typically anti-abortion, thinkers and activists – in other words, precisely the people who just got dealt an historical setback by Irish voters.

The stage would appear to be set, then, for Francis to guide the pro-life movement in a soul-searching exercise.

As sorting through the rubble begins, here are two quick exit poll results worth pondering:

  • Sixteen percent of voters who chose “yes” to repeal the amendment, or one in six, also say they attend Mass at least once a week, which would appear to raise questions about the effectiveness of the Church’s pro-life messaging even among its committed members.
  • A massive 87 percent of voters aged 18-24 went “yes”, which implies a broad failure by the pro-life movement to appeal to the young.

Those questions will almost certainly be in the air when Francis arrives, especially because the vote to repeal the amendment simply means the government can move ahead with plans to introduce legislation liberalizing abortion. That debate probably will still be raging in parliament in August, when the pope comes, since lawmakers say they hope to have a new measure in place by the end of the year.

It remains to be seen what Francis may have to say, but for sure, lots of people in Ireland and elsewhere will be anxious to hear it.

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3 comments on “Ireland and pro-life soul-searching

  1. “Sixteen percent of voters who chose “yes” to repeal the amendment, or one in six, also say they attend Mass at least once a week, which would appear to raise questions about the effectiveness of the Church’s pro-life messaging even among its committed members.
    A massive 87 percent of voters aged 18-24 went “yes”, which implies a broad failure by the pro-life movement to appeal to the young.”
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    Translation: The God****** bishops of Ireland have betrayed their very first duty, which is to teach the Faith.
    May St. Patrick convert them — or reward them if they do not convert.

  2. I saw a post from an Irish mother whose son was receiving his First Communion today, Trinity Sunday.
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    The priest spoke boldly against those in the pews who voted to murder children in the womb, two days ago. From what I gathered, fully 1/3rd of the church got up and stormed out, making a scene.
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    And the complaining “Irish mother”? She announced in her message that she had to stay in her pew for her son’s sake but she announced she was now “cured” of religion, whatever the h___ that meant.
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    I’ve a sense that “the Troubles” are about to revisit Ireland in a way many dolts cheering their “victory” and cursing faithful priests will never see coming.

  3. Unfortunately, this is another sad example of wanting to follow and copy Protestant and secular America and Britain. It was good that Catholics in Ireland held out as long as they did. Roe v. Wade was 45 years ago. Sadly, what a small Malthusian cabal of Protestant freemasons forced on the United States through the Supreme Court has now been copied by a vulgar plebiscite in post-Catholic Ireland where a weakened modernist hierarchy flounders in confusion and disorientation.

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