The morals of the Catholic Church are yet again under scrutiny in Ireland after the tragic death of a young mother-to-be. The Daily Shift’s Aoife Bennett gives her input…
It has been over a year since I went to Mass. In fact, I now only go at Christmas, for weddings and for funerals. My parents attend the Sunday sermon religiously (sorry for the pun) and any time I say I don’t want to go too, I am met with stares and the question of ‘why not?’
The simple answer? I’ve lost all faith in the Catholic Church. (Sorry for the pun. Again.)
I haven’t been living under a rock, so naturally I have heard all about the child abuse scandals. The final straw, and what made me truly decide to distance myself from the Church, came to light yesterday, Wednesday 14 November.
Ireland as a country has been attempting for years to move forward as a society. Yet, on Wednesday we learned that a young woman died after being denied an abortion, which she desperately needed as she was suffering a miscarriage which put her life in danger. She later died from septicemia.
Once again, our laws have let us down.
Calling Ireland a Catholic country is a case of painting everyone with the same brush. Yes, Catholicism is still the largest religion in Ireland. We need to look at our legislation and ask ourselves why, if a law has been passed for the last 20 years, is it still not being put into practice?
The law in question here came into play after the notorious X Case, heard in 1992. In this case, a young woman, who had been raped, was denied permission to travel to England for an abortion. After this decision was made, there were serious concerns about her welfare (the woman had attempted to commit suicide) and it was ruled that an abortion would be allowed if there was a threat to the mother’s life.
Did I forget something? Oh, the woman in question was 14.
If this law was brought in, and Savita Halappanavar’s life was in danger, then why should she be treated any different? If she needs help, she should get it. The same goes for anyone. Isn’t the Catholic Church’s doctrine to help those in need?
One thing’s for sure. You won’t be seeing me in the congregation of St Mary’s any time soon.