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Gardaí investigate threatening letter sent to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

The letter warned Dr Martin to be “careful” on the streets because of his views on abortion.

 Catholic Archbishop, Diarmuid Martin.
Catholic Archbishop, Diarmuid Martin.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING a threatening letter that was sent to the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, this week.

According to The Irish Independent, the letter warned Dr Martin to be “careful” when on the streets because of his views on abortion.

The four Catholic Archbishops of Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Dermot Clifford and Archbishop Michael Neary, likened any legislation on abortion in Ireland to murder:

It would pave the way for the direct and intentional killing of unborn children. This can never be morally justified in any circumstances.

Dr Martin added at a recent Mass in Dublin he believes in “equal dignity and right to life of the mother and of her unborn child”.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Dublin confirmed to TheJournal.ie that Dr Martin did received a “threatening letter in the past week” and it had now been “sent to Gardaí for investigation”.

The four Archbishops’ views are in contrast to that of Anglican Archbishop, Michael Jackson.  He has welcomed moves to bring clarity to abortion law and added the Church of Ireland believed that a “real and substantial risk” to the life of a mother was grounds to make a decision on whether a pregnancy should be terminated.

Read: Anglican Archbishop welcomes moves ‘to bring clarity’ to abortion law >

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