Two days ago Mater Misericordiae hospital announced that it would comply with Enda Kenny’s abortion law and permit Catholic doctors and nurses to kill babies through abortion. Over the past two days not one Irish bishop has been reported as speaking out against this betrayal of the Church and worse betrayal of unborn babies and their mothers.
Mater Misericordiae hospital comes under the jurisdiction of Archbishop D. Martin of Dublin, who is represented on the Board of Mater Misericordiae hospital. As yet Archbishop Martin has said nothing to explain his position on a Catholic hospital in his diocese performing abortions.
Fr Kevin Doran is one of Archbishop Martin’s representatives on the Board of Mater Misericordiae hospital, and earlier in the year he told the press that Archbishop D. Martin would be involved in the hospital’s decision to resist or comply with Enda Kenny’s abortion law. Archbishop Martin needs to tell the Catholics of Ireland, and the world, what he said to the Board of Mater Misericordiae hospital. Over such a serious abandonment of Church doctrine and authority he can’t remain silent.
Fr Kevin Doran had said earlier in the year that it was inconceivable that Mater Misericordiae hospital would comply with Enda Kenny’s abortion law, but he has been proven wrong. When asked by the press about Mater hospital’s decision he is now saying ‘No comment’. Fr Doran, silence is not an option.
Will Archbishop Eamonn Martin speak out against this shameful decision? Or Cardinal Brady? Or Archbishop Brown,the Apostolic Nuncio? Silence is not an option. Can’t any of you see that this is the knock out blow to the binding nature of the Church’s moral teaching? If Catholics see a Catholic hospital killing babies through abortion what hope is there that they will listen to the Church’s moral teaching on contraception, IVF, sex outside marriage, gay marriage? Your silence will be heard as acceptance, even agreement, with Mater Misericordiae hospital’s willingness to perform abortions. How can you live with this?