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Irish lawmaker removed from post as extraordinary minister after pro-abortion vote

October 14, 2013

An Irish lawmaker has been removed from his post as an extraordinary minister of Communion because of his support for legal abortion.

Derek Keating, a member of parliament from Dublin, told the Irish Independent that he was hurt by the move. Keating described himself as a committed Catholic, but lamented: “There remains in the Church a small element within that threat, bully and abuse and it is totally unacceptable.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 15, 2013 8:47 AM ET USA

    Derek Keating is entitled to his ridiculous opinion and he can "tell it to the judge" after he dies. But, I believe his pastor or bishop who took the action will hear "well done good and faithful servant" after his death. Would that the U.S. Church had men of such character.

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Oct. 15, 2013 6:10 AM ET USA

    “There remains in the Church a small element within that threat, bully and abuse and it is totally unacceptable.” - Derek Keating Such as all the Popes, for example? Never mind, Derek, you'll soon get over your 'hurt', once you've been voted out of office.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 14, 2013 7:33 PM ET USA

    I suppose the children who will be murdered are NOT hurt by his move?

  • Posted by: ILM - Oct. 14, 2013 4:40 PM ET USA

    A "committed" Catholic who supports killing unwanted babies?