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THE IRISH government has named two Catholic hospitals as institutions that cannot opt out of performing abortions. in the following weeks. Speaking on behalf of the Iona Insti-
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The Bill legalising abortion in Ireland singles out 25 hospitals that must provide abortion services, two of which are Catholic. tute, Dr John Murray warned that the legislation might result in The Mater taking a constitutional case against the new law. Although a Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin said the hospital will, “as always, be following the law of the land”, a board member of the second listed hospital, The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, has made it clear that a Catholic hospital cannot perform abortions.
He said: “A Catholic hospital cannot be expected to alter its ethos to accom- modate the newly passed law on abor- tion. The ethos of the Mater already requires it to provide first-class medical care to both mothers and babies. Its ethos is already pro-life in the best sense of that term.”
In an interview with the Irish Times, Fr Kevin Doran said The Mater “cannot comply” with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.
He continued: “However, the new law will force it to compromise this ethos. Under it, the Mater could be faced with a scenario where it is told to perform an abortion that clashes with its ethos – for example, where a woman is deemed to be suicidal. The Mater hospital currently saves lives. It cannot be forced to take lives in order to conform with a badly misguided law.”
Speaking in a personal capacity, Fr Kevin Doran said he was concerned that James Reilly, the Minister for Health, “sees fit to make it impossible for hospi- tals to have their own ethos”. Dr Murray added: “According to some legal experts, the refusal of the Protec- tion of Life During Pregnancy Act to respect the ethos of Catholic hospitals could be unconstitutional. As a result of, the board of the Mater could well decide to take a constitutional case against the new law”. He added that it was “incumbent on the hospital to consider its position on the Act... The Mater can’t carry out abor- tions because it goes against its ethos... The issue is broader than just abortion. What’s happening is the Minister is saying hospitals are not entitled to have an ethos.”
A spokesman for confirmed that they had not yet devel- oped a formal position on the legislation
Fr Doran added that he assumed that should the board decide to comply with abortion legislation there would be a “very serious discussion” between Arch- bishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and the management of the hospital. St Vincent’s Hospital and The Mater are both renowned for their excellent care of very sick pregnant women.
The Protection of Life During Preg- nancy Act stipulates that abortion is permissible if a women is otherwise deemed at risk of suicide or if her life is in danger.
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BY DAVID V BARRETT going on here. A group of terrorists have used arms against us. [The west] should not be supporting this.” A COPTIC bishop has criticised western governments for over- looking violence against Chris- tians in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood believe Christians were the cause of Morsi being ousted. “But the Christians were not alone – there were 35 million who went on the streets against Morsi. Christians are being punished. We have been scape- goated,” he said. Churches, schools and Christian-owned businesses have been burned by hardline Islamists, some being com- pletely destroyed.
There are reports that nuns from a Franciscan school in Cairo have been paraded through the streets after class- rooms were burned and a cross knocked off the gate and replaced with a black flag. Bishop William said that most Muslims in Egypt had no problem with Christians, who represent 10 per cent of the population. “Our people are close to normal Muslims, moderate Muslims. When the fundamentalists came for the Christians in [Assiut’s] Old Town, the Muslims sent them away using arms,” he said.
In the village of Dalga, south of Cairo, three churches and six buildings in the grounds of the fifth-century monastery of the Holy Virgin and Anba Abra’am were set on fire. In the town of Suez, east of Cairo, the church and school of the Good Shepherd were set alight. Reports claim Islamists blocked the road to prevent fire engines reaching them.
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Dr Harry Hagopian, advi- sor to the bishops’ conference, condemned the violence, saying it was part of a “much larger ideological... conflict”.
Bank to Andorra: take saint off coin
BY STAFF REPORTER The design of the coin will instead consist of a bell tower of the Romanesque church of Sant Martí de la Cortinada.
THE EUROPEAN Central Bank has ordered Andorra to remove an image of St Brice of Tours from its proposed design for the euro. Andorra, in the eastern Pyre- nees, joined the euro even though it is not a member of the EU. It will start issuing its own coins in January.
The story was reported by the Spanish-language ABC news service and picked up by Catholic website Rorate Caeli.
The tiny principality was asked to change the design as it violated “the principle of neutrality in the matter of reli- gious beliefs”. Last year Slovakia was forced to remove halos from the heads of St Cyril and St Methodius in a commemora- tive coin to mark the 1,150th anniversary of the arrival of the saints to the region.
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at Ephesus, sung by Benedictines in Missouri, has already outsold Andrea Bocelli and a Downton Abbey soundtrack. But pre- sales of an album by Domini- cans in Michigan suggest its reign may be over. Sister Joseph Andrew said it was not a competition, but about getting “Christ into homes”.
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The quirky heart-throb will play a priest who is shocked by the bad influence of a woman- ising alcoholic on his angelic stepson in the film St Vincent de Van Nuys. The film also stars Naomi Watts and Bill
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Chris O’Dowd is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his roles in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd and in the hit film Bridesmaids.
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