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Pro-lifers savage politicians over attack on Archbishop

Pro-life group the Life Institute has hit back at politicians following their ‘extraordinary’ attacks on the Primate of All-Ireland after he pointed out that the taking of a life at any stage is “gravely morally wrong”.

The Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, made his comments in his message for the Church’s Day for Life in Ireland, in which he reiterated Pope Francis’ call for a need of a “revolution of tenderness”.

As reported in last week’s Universe, Archbishop Martin also recently called on politicians not to forget their faith during debates on abortion.

However, a group of politicians, including Labour leader Brendan Howlin and Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell, have failed to take heed of the archbishop’s call, instead choosing to attack him.

Speaking to RTE’s This Week programme, Mr Howlin claimed that abortion and the eighth amendment was not a “black and white issue” and said that Archbishop Martin’s views had no higher standing than that of any other citizen.

Ms O’Connell also said that the archbishop’s comments were irrelevant and stated that the Church should have no say in deciding or shaping policies that relate to women’s health.

Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute expressed her shock at the attacks from politicians.

“It was simply extraordinary to see politicians like Kate O’Connell, the Fine Gael TD, launch an attack on Archbishop Martin simply because he told the truth about this issue, and offered guidance to Catholics – something he is, of course, entirely entitled to do,” she told The Universe.

She also noted that Mr Howlin’s comments would not have a detrimental effect on voters who would see the value in Archbishop Martin’s guidance.

“Mr Howlin belongs to a party which has adopted quite a stridently anti-Catholic position in recent years, but he is fooling himself if he thinks many voters, Catholic or otherwise, will not see the value in the archbishop’s remarks and in protecting both mother and baby from abortion.”

Read the full story in this week’s Universe, which is available now.

Picture: Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin. (Niall Carson/PA).