A bilateral meeting between the church and Government Ministers is scheduled for next week as part of an ongoing “structured dialogue” process, while the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference will appear before the Oireachtas health committee on Thursday morning.
The Government has been taken aback by the language used by bishops as the debate on abortion continues. The four Catholic Archbishops of Ireland have said that if what was being proposed became law, “it would pave the way for the direct and intentional killing of unborn children”.
Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore [above] described it as the “first step on the road to a culture of death”.
(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)