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Poll: Should the Church run a political campaign against abortion?

Pat Rabbitte says he doesn’t want the Church weighing into an abortion debate “in the political sense”. Do you?

Cardinal Seán Brady has said the Church will lobby against any proposals to allow abortion, even in limited circumstances.
Cardinal Seán Brady has said the Church will lobby against any proposals to allow abortion, even in limited circumstances.
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CARDINAL SEÁN BRADY has said the Catholic Church could pursue a full political campaign if James Reilly’s expert group on abortion recommends legalising the practice in some circumstances.

Brady said the Church would “be lobbying public representatives” if the expert group’s proposals would permit abortion in any circumstances – something communications minister Pat Rabbitte said would be unwelcome.

“I don’t welcome the Cardinal promising to engage in a political campaign,” he said, adding: “I would hope we’re not going to see a situation where one church decides to weigh into the campaign in the political sense.”

What do you think: would the Church be acting within its rights to take a formal stance in a political campaign? Or is the subject of abortion too emotive for the influence of any religious organisation?

Should the Church run a formal political campaign against any plans to legalise abortion, even in limited circumstances?


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