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Irish priest resigns from hospital board over new abortion policy

Catholic World News - October 02, 2013

A prominent Irish priest has resigned from the board of Dublin's Mater Misericordiae University hospital, following the hospital's announcement that it would allow abortions in compliance with Ireland's new law.

Father Kevin Doran told the Irish Catholic that he left the governing board because "I can't reconcile my own conscience with thee statement, largely because I feel a Catholic hospital has to bear witness." In August, after the new law was enacted, Father Doran had stated that Mater hospital could not comply with the legislation, saying that the Catholic institution "can't carry out abortions because it goes against its ethos."

Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked Mater hospital to clarify the September statement in which the hospital promised to observe the new law. But a hospital spokesman told the Irish Catholic that there would be "no elaboration on the statement."

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 06, 2013 7:10 PM ET USA

    Perhaps someone can help me with this. A) This is a "Catholic" hospital. B) The Archbishop, a Catholic authority to be sure, politely asked for a clarification. C) The "Catholic" hospital refused???

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 02, 2013 6:17 PM ET USA

    So, is this hospital no longer Catholic?

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