Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The news, given the givens, is probably not all that surprising. Still, there's something not a little bit . . . chilling about the tone of the PM's diktat. "It will not, however, be possible for publicly-funded hospitals, no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt out of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state," for example. Well, it certainly is and would be "possible" for Catholic hospitals not to be forced to facilitate acts they (reasonably) regard as gravely wrong. And this:
Mr Varadkar added: "That legislation will allow individuals to opt out based on their consciences or their religious convictions but will not allow institutions to do so.
"So, just as is the case now in the legislation for the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, hospitals like for example Holles Street, which is a Catholic voluntary ethos hospital, the Mater, St Vincent's and others will be required, and will be expected to, carry out any procedure that is legal in this state and that is the model we will follow."
The tone's a mix between a bureaucrat in a dystopian novel and a scolding kindergarten teacher.
So . . . how will/should the Church respond?