Martin says church cannot compromise its position on abortion


May 26, 2018

By Joe Little

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has expressed surprise at the outcome of the referendum, and reiterated that his church cannot compromise on its opposition to abortion.

It follows the declaration of the official result this evening, one which campaigners for a No vote described as a “tragedy of historic proportions”.

Dr Martin said that compassion is a Christian concept and that the Catholic Church has to show, in the way it lives and witnesses to the gospel, that it is genuinely compassionate.

“We have to speak with compassion even if what we speak is not acceptable,” he said.

He added that above all, the Catholic Church had to revamp all that it does to be pro-life.

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