PRESS RELEASE 8 February 2018
Referendum on Eight amendment:
Vote in accordance with your conscience
Having consulted its membership We Are Church Ireland is of the belief that people should be free to vote in favour of repealing the eight Amendment to the constitution in accordance with their consciences. This freedom of conscience equally applies to people who wish to retain the Amendment.
We Are Church Ireland takes the meaning and implication of conscience from these words of Doctor Joseph Ratzinger, now emeritus Pope Benedict 16th:
"Over the pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there still stands one’s own conscience, which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority. "
(Joseph Ratzinger, Commentary on the Doctrine of Vatican 2, edited by Herbert Vorgrimler, Volume 5, page 134. 1969)
"While it is important that Catholics give due regard to the teaching of their Church in the formation of their moral judgment on the repeal of the eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution they have the right and duty to follow their consciences as their final moral arbiters.
Once Catholics take a decision based on conscience they have done right and are in good standing with God and their Church
If the Amendment is repealed then legislators have a duty to act, according to their consciences, for the common good" stated Brendan Butler, spokesperson of We Are Church Ireland.
Brendan Butler, We are Church spokesperson.
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