Statement from Archbishop Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly and Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne

11 Oct 2012

Statement from the Archbishop of Cashel & Emly and Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne, Most Rev. Dr. Dermot Clifford

Last Sunday was the annual Day for Life in Ireland which marked the special month of prayer dedicated to the theme :”Choose Life.” A special pastoral letter on this theme was circulated to the priests of all 1,360 parishes in Ireland, North and South for use at Masses.

Parishes and individuals were invited to pray a special “Prayer for the Child in the Womb” during Masses throughout the month, culminating in the Feast of All the Saints of Ireland on November 6 next.

It was in this context the Parish Priest of Mitchelstown, Rev. Michael Fitzgerald, invited a guest speaker to speak at all Masses last Sunday.

Fr. Fitzgerald commented: “The guest speaker gave an account of her personal journey involving abortion but a central theme of her address was that all human life is sacred, that all children are precious and should be equally cherished and supported. It is a matter of regret that a small number of people were upset at some aspects of the lady’s address, especially as they related to children with special needs. I can assure you that that was never intended.”

Fr. Fitzgerald said the lady spoke of the effects on her life of abortion and how she felt that everything that happened to her subsequently, including the loss of a child and the birth of a grandchild with special needs, were God’s punishment. However she subsequently came to accept that this was not the case. She emphasised that her grandchild with special needs was loved and cherished as all children are and should be.

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