MASS GOERS IN parts of the west and midlands have been asked to observe special days of prayer and fasting over Lent “for the intention of supporting expectant mothers and for the protection of the unborn”.
The Elphin Diocesan Pastoral Council, which advises Bishop Christopher Jones, has called on all public representatives to oppose the Government’s proposal to legislate on the basis of the X Case.
In a note sent to its 37 parishes across Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath and Galway ahead of today’s Masses, the council called on the people of its diocese to fast and pray during Lenten Fridays.
“At this time, in our country, the right to life of the unborn baby is under threat. In conscience, we feel we must speak up for the voiceless unborn,” it said.
Legislating for the ‘X’ case actually means legislating for abortion and is not necessary to ensure women in Ireland receive all the life-saving “treatment” they need during pregnancy. As for a mother with suicidal tendencies she should receive all the compassion, love, medical and psychiatric care and support possible before during and after the birth of her child. Experts accept that abortion is not a ‘treatment’ for such suicidal tendencies and that it may even make such painful situations worse.
The council consists of laity, religious and clergy. It advises the Bishop on all pastoral matters. Ash Wednesday falls on 13 February 2013, marking the beginning of the Christian season of Lent.