While I felt that Ireland as a whole had begun to progress, Cardinal Sean Brady recently issued a statement declaring that any attempt made by the government of Ireland to legislate for abortion due to a judgement made by the European Court of Human Rights would be; “vigorously and comprehensively opposed by many”.
While this would be quite understandable given the diversity of society, I wasn’t quite ready for the Cardinal’s perceived self importance regarding the issue. His reference to lobbying and canvassing politicians was quite frankly beyond belief. Given the findings of various reports and the contribution of Cardinal Sean Brady to the anguish of many abused Irish children, one would assume that an individual such as this would not be immune to shame and would therefore either resign, or be “relocated” like so many before him.
Cardinal Sean Brady, the Primate of All Ireland.
“The debate about these issues is about to intensify in our country over coming months. It is important that we all have the courage to make our voices heard. It is important that we do justice to the logic and human reason behind the values we hold,” Cardinal Brady announced. So what moral teachings should one take from Catholic teachings regarding this subject matter? Certainly, respect towards women within religious scripture is quite frankly frightening, and alarming.
The Old Testament wasn’t exactly a ‘pillar’ of moral direction, and while most moderates don’t take much of it seriously, many fundamentalists especially within the United States of America, still do. This is quite alarming especially considering the political power and influence many of these ‘Jonah and the Whale’ believers have. The New Testament doesn’t offer much either, unless one possessed an aptitude for ‘Nostradamusing’ metaphors. My personal favourite story for moral compass aligning can be found in the Old Testament, where Abraham’s nephew Lot hospitably welcomed two angels who were sent to Sodom to warn Lot and his family to flee. While not allowing the locals of Sodom to ‘sodomise’ them, thankfully I hear you proclaim; he said;
“I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” (Genesis 19:7-8).
While the division between the state and an organisation such as the Catholic Church in Ireland has begun to broaden, major changes are still required. While Cardinal Sean Brady wishes to “inform people of the ills of abortion” I will finish my first blog post with an interesting quote from Ecclesiastes;
“But better off are those who have never been born, who have never seen the injustice that goes on in the world” (Ecclesiastes 4:3).
(Video of Sean Brady recently posted on a different post, go to Blog homepage for video)
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