Bishop claims euthanasia has been accepted here after abortion vote
Repeal the Eighth Amendment?
Yes 66.40% 1,429,981
No 33.60% 723,632
- Constituencies declared: 40/40
Referendum HubBishop claims euthanasia has been accepted here after abortion vote
AN IRISH Bishop has said "euthanasia" has now been accepted in the country following the successful vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment.
Some 66.4pc of voters were in favour of repealing the amendment, allowing abortion in Ireland for the first time.
However, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan said that people âhave to examine their conscienceâ following the vote.
âLet's face it, euthanasia has now been accepted, in the sense that we have accepted, the majority of the Irish people have accepted that some life is not worthy of life,â he told WLRFM.
When asked about the vast majority of voters in exit polls believing they made an informed decision, he said:
âPeople cannot claim ignorance. If they do itâs culpable ignorance.
âIf they do itâs very a serious issue. If people have knowingly and willingly voted yes, well then they have to examine their conscience and go before the lord and say âLord we got this wrongâ. I do believe that.â
Bishop Cullin an added that he agreed with Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, that Yes voters should not get communion before getting confession and speaking to a priest.
âThey should examine their conscience, they should talk to the priest, they should go to confession. I go to confession every week. Confession is a sacrament of healing,â he said.
âIf somebody has something that they are unsure aboutâ¦St Paul says very clearly in scripture that to receive Holy Communion unworthily is a very serious matter for which you will have to answer,â he added.
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