Archbishop Martin praises Mater Misericordiae hospital’s pro-life record, says he has no powers as its president, and is seeking clarification

Archbishop Martin has at last responded to Mater Misericordiae hospital’s announcement that it will comply with Enda Kenny’s abortion law by killing babies in its premises. In the Irish Independent Archbishop Martin praises Mater Misericordiae hospital’s pro-life record, admitted that though he is the president of Mater hospital that he has no powers of governance, and that he is seeking further clarification about Mater hospital’s announcement.

The Irish Independent reports:

‘Archbishop Martin meanwhile has also defended the Mater Hospital’s pro life record saying it had been ‘scrupulous’ in trying to defend both the life of mother and the unborn child.

The Archbishop was also asked about the decision by the Mater, a Catholic Voluntary Hospital, to comply with the terms of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

He said that though he was president of the hospital he had no powers in the governance of the hospital. And he paid tribute to the Mater hospital’s “great tradition of caring for very difficult pregnancies and doing it well within the ethos of the hospital over years”.

“There have been extremely complicated (pregnancies) and I know that they are scrupulous in the policy of trying to defend both the life of the mother and the unborn child. I hope that that continues,” he said.

He said he would be seeking further clarifications on the exact meaning of the hospital’s statement last week.’

Protect the Pope comment: Archbishop Martin’s brief statement to the Irish Independent suggests that he hasn’t been involved in the most important decision that Mater Misericordiae hospital has made in its 150 year old history. This is a surprising admission in light of the fact that Fr Kevin Doran, an Archdiocese of Dublin representative on Mater’s board, said in August this year about the board coming to a decision about Kenny’s abortion law, ‘“I suppose I can assume there would be very serious discussion between the Archbishop [of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin] and the management of the hospital.” It’s also surprising that Archbishop Martin doesn’t know that as the ordinary of Dublin he has authority over all Catholic institutions in his jurisdiction. It’s further surprising that his response to Mater’s announcement to perform the killing of babies through abortion is to praise their pro-life record in the past when abortion was illegal in Ireland. One final thing, what kind of clarification does Archbishop Martin require about the intention of Mater Misericordiae hospital regarding abortion. The brief statement is very clear, “The Mater Hospital has carefully considered the Act. The Hospital’s priority is to be at the frontier of compassion, concern and clinical care for all our patients. Having regard to that duty, the Hospital will comply with the law as provided for in the act.” Enda Kenny’s  Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act names  Mater Misericordiae hospital as one of the hospitals at which the killing of babies will take place. Mater Misericordiae hospital has agreed to undertake these murders through abortion. What needs to be clarified?

4 comments to Archbishop Martin praises Mater Misericordiae hospital’s pro-life record, says he has no powers as its president, and is seeking clarification

  • tro

    ++Martin will be asking “What is truth?”, next.

  • Lionel (Paris)

    C’est dingue! I hardly believe this

  • Lynda

    This is the type of constant dishonesty and cowardice and shirking from duty, denial of obkective truth, that we Catholics in Ireland have to endure in our leaders in faith and morals – even when it comes to the Church’s own institutions. It is vomit-inducing. The archbishop ought to be suspended immediately for his failure to take the necessary action, immediately and unequivocally.

  • Nicolas Bellord

    I wonder what the legal governance of the Mater Misericordia is in civil law. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy does it not have “Catholic objects” which can be enforced at law? When Cardinal Hume brought the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth back from the brink of secularism in the 1990s he made very sure that there were legal requirements to follow the teachings of the Church which are enforceable as civil law. Subsequent history has seen the failure to enforce the law.

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