The Irish Independent has published Liam Fay’s ad hominem attack on Fr Doran ridiculing his defence of the right of Catholic hospitals not to kill babies as mandated by Enda Kenny’s abortion law. The Irish Independent also goes on to attack Catholic hospitals. Liam Fay is a lapsed Catholics who makes his living mocking the Catholic Faith with books such as ‘Beyond Belief: A Mind-Blowing Pilgrimage Through Religious Ireland. Liam Fay writes:
‘Father Kevin Doran is a medical miracle – and, indeed, a miraculous medic. By vocation and training, Fr Doran’s area of expertise is the supernatural; the world of angels and saints, fairies and elves. Nevertheless, in a remarkable display of inter-dimensional multi-tasking, this sky-pilot sits on the board of governors at Dublin’s Mater Hospital. Faith healing, it seems, is a cornerstone of our healthcare service.’ [Protect the Pope comment: Fr Doran did not mention 'faith healing' during his defense of Mater hospital not killing unborn babies. Fay is just a Bill Maher knock-off desperately trying to be funny]
‘Last week, in a further demonstration of his superpowers, Fr Doran maintained a straight face while extolling the rigorous moral code underlying what he proudly calls the “Catholic ethos”. In adherence to this uniquely righteous philosophy, he insisted, the Mater will refuse to comply with the new law that permits abortion when a pregnant woman’s life is at risk.’
Don’t worry; I’m not going to rehash the whys, wherefores and WTFs of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. We have all suffered enough on that count. However, there is no ignoring the fact Fr Doran is telling the Irish people and their elected representatives to go screw themselves. [Protect the Pope comment: Fay is labouring under the delusion that the Irish government's passing of an immoral law will change the absolute truth that intentionally killing an innocent human being is murder no matter how you dress it up with fine words. It's also derisory that Fay defends the elected representatives who voted for abortion when many of them were drunk during the all night debate].
His entitlement to his own opinion is inarguable, but his apparent determination to impose those beliefs on others is outrageous.
Fr Doran appears to be overlooking a few crucial details. The Mater is a public hospital, funded by taxpayers. There is also the small matter of the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who work there – they, too, are people of conscience. The notion that they would deny an extremely ill woman a legal, life-saving procedure because of some mystical “ethos” is grotesque. [Protect the Pope comment: Fay has the myopia typical of all pro-aborts by completely ignoring the killing of the unborn baby with the euphemism 'a legal, life-saving procedure'].
Ultimately, the real villains here are our politicians: craw-thumping incompetents who have failed to correct an historical anomaly which has left many hospitals in the nominal control of religious orders. The Mater is part-owned by the Sisters of Mercy order, which set it up in 1861. [Protect the Pope comment: The fact that Ireland has Catholic hospitals and Catholic schools is not a 'historical anomaly' but an expression of the historical reality that the Catholic Church has been, and remains, a powerful force for good in Ireland that cannot be dismissed because of the crimes of a tiny minority of clergy and religious. The fact that Fay can read and write is down to his education by the Christian Brothers. Sad to see him misusing these abilities].
Cock-a-hoop following their knockout victory over the State on the issue of financial compensation for abuse victims, religious orders can hardly be expected to voluntarily relinquish their cherished influence over the health system. Until politicians take action, we are lumbered with an absurd situation whereby some hospitals are classified as “Catholic”. What, in the name of God, is a Catholic hospital? The very term conjours up an elaborate comedy sketch set in an ornately church-like operating theatre where mitred surgeons use scapulars instead of scalpels and incense is deployed as anaesthesia. Any hospital that is run on religious rather than scientific principles is not a hospital at all, but a witchdoctors’ hut. [Protect the Pope comment: Fay displays his ignorance and prejuidice when he dismisses the contribution of the Catholic Church to medicine and hospital care as turning hospitals into 'a witchdoctors' hut'. Has Fay been treated in a Catholic hospital or his family?]
Thankfully, we know the Mater is actually a very fine medical institution.
The ‘Catholic hospital’ malarkey only raises its ugly head when one of the governors feels like flexing his dogma muscles. Which brings us to the most blackly comic of Fr Doran’s pronouncements. ‘Catholic ethos’ is an oily and pompous phrase. To my ears, it has always sounded like the name of a designer fragrance – an overpowering perfume pour homme. Check out the places where it has filled the air. [Protect the Pope comment: Anyone daring to challenge the secular ascendancy with the inconvenient truths of natural law becomes a target for ad hominem attacks not reasoned debate.]
It was ‘Catholic ethos’ that scented the atmosphere of the Magdalene Laundries as generations of vulnerable young women were enslaved by sadistic nuns. ’Catholic ethos’ also permeated the plush offices of bishops as they moved paedophile priests between parishes, sacrificing future victims on the altar of corporate self-preservation. [Protect the Pope comment: Fay and his kind can't see their own hypocrisy when they use their justifiable outrage at the depraved crimes of paedophile priests in their defence of the appalling crime against humanity, the killing of unborn babies through abortion.]
A hospital that would tolerate a manifest nonsense driven by Catholic ethos is a hospital that needs thorough disinfecting. [Protect the Pope comment: Here we have the next phase of the attack on the pro-life ethos of Ireland and the Catholic Church, the secularisation of Ireland's Catholic hospitals. And still the Irish bishops remain silent about the immorality of Enda Kenny and the other pro-abort Irish politicians.]