Bishop Supports SF on Abortion – Or Does He? April 17, 2014Posted by Garibaldy in Choice, Sinn Féin.
Fascinating report on the BBC website about a row between the Catholic bishop of Dromore and elements of SF over a letter distributed in west Belfast claiming he supported its position on abortion. The BBC quotes the bishop as saying
When I became aware of party political literature which was jointly issued in the names of Sue Ramsey MLA and Councillor Matt Garrett of Sinn Féin, which stated that I ‘share’ their position on the ‘termination’ of unborn human life, I was appalled
The Deputy First Minister and Paul Maskey MP (West Belfast) both acted to get the letter removed. The BBC quotes Paul Maskey as saying
Sinn Féin accepts that references in the letter to Bishop McAreavey were inaccurate.
“These letters should have not gone out.
“I apologise unreservedly to the bishop for any hurt and distress caused.
“I can assure the bishop that all reference to him on this issue has now been removed from all print and electronic literature. Sinn Féin has also removed the offending comments from Facebook.
A very revealing story as well as a fascinating one.