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Bishops of Northern Ireland cite dangers of 'Brexit'

June 08, 2016

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have issued a statement indicating their misgivings about a proposal to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union-- although they stop short of formal opposition to the "Brexit."

The bishops' statement recalls the words of Pope Francis, in accepting the Charlemagne prize in May, when the Pontiff highlighted the contribution of Catholic lay activists to the founding of the European Union. They commend the EU for its support in the quest for peace in Northern Ireland. They argue against reducing the question of EU membership to an economic calculation. And they warn that a break from the EU could lead to the reintroduction of border controls, disrupting commerce and "the day-to-day life of those who live in border areas or cross the border frequently."

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Jun. 09, 2016 7:25 AM ET USA

    The bishops of Northern Ireland ignore the fact that the EU is an organization that is intrinsically opposed to the Catholic Church and all Catholic teaching, especially in the realm of sexual morality. At the present time, there is a great struggle being waged to force the people of Northern Ireland to accept abortion as a "human right", and the EU is a prominent advocate of this "progressive" step. The Irish people voted once to reject the EU, but the bishops would like to forget this.