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Bishop Supports SF on Abortion – Or Does He? April 17, 2014

Posted 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.


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2. benmadigan - April 19, 2014

This is so 1960s. I can’t stand all this false controversy over abortion and the hypocrisy and business of travelling abroad.

Other countries have handled the whole business much better- see http://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/abortion-on-demand-now/

This could all easily be resolved in 48 hours. The state should legislate so as to encompass the views of all its citizens – if a woman doesn’t want to have an abortion for whatever moral principles or personal convictions , she will never avail of what the law provides.

Get a move on ireland – north and south.
People have other more pressing issues to deal with.


Bob Smiles - April 20, 2014

Crying out for roddy to exPlain all


3. Garibaldy - April 21, 2014

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