Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Naming the Demons of Ireland and Great Britain

A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church names homosexual acts as acts of “grave depravity” (CCC, 2357).

Between 2012 and 2015 the Irish bishops issued tens of thousands of words on a variety of issues, but only mentioned the word “sin” once in 2014, in the context of Friday observances during Lent. Statements from the Irish bishops make no reference to the “devil”, “Satan” or “Prince of this World”.  (more...)

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