THE CHILD IN THE WOMB IS A PERSON WITH POTENTIAL
– NOT A POTENTIAL PERSON –
as each one of us was when we were in our mother’s womb.
– Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA
In his Spring 2018 Pastoral Letter, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, has asked young people especially to be vocal in their support of a NO vote in the forthcoming referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution.
“We are called to care and support the weakest, to believe in the intrinsic value and worth of each human being”, Archbishop Kieran implores. “In writing this letter, I urge all of you to reflect on what is being asked of us as a people. We are challenged to engage and reflect calmly and maturely about this important issue. THE CHILD IN THE WOMB IS A PERSON WITH POTENTIAL – NOT A POTENTIAL PERSON – as each one of us was when we were in our mother’s womb. The silent infants in the womb call on us, out of our common humanity, to protect them and to give force to that protection by rejecting this proposal being put to us.”
“Our commitment to life,” the Archbishop states, “is contained in the 8th amendment of the Constitution – a significant indicator of the values we hold as a people.”
Consequently, he writes, “for the above reasons I am voting NO in the coming referendum. It is my sincere hope that a majority of people of the country will also vote NO and retain the article in its present form. And with this vote we will reiterate our commitment to life.”
Archbishop invites people in the following days to pray earnestly and to become “Missionaries for Life” so that the people of Ireland will “Choose Life”.
“We pray that the lives of all women and their unborn children will always be loved, valued and respected in our land.”
The Pastroal Letter concludes with a prayer by Pope Francis, taken from Laudato Si’:
you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
You may read Archbishop Kieran’s Pastoral Letter by clicking here.