St. Joseph’s Church, Mountmellick

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Saturday Vigil: 7.30pm
Sunday: 9.00am  & 12.00noon
Weekdays: Mon, Wed & Friday 10.00am
Tuesday and Thursday: 7.30pm

Holy Days: 7.30pm (vigil), 9.00am & 7.30pm.

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St. Mary’s Church, Clonaghadoo

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Sunday: 10.30am
First Friday: 8.00pm.

Holy Days: 10.30am

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Two Lives, One Love. Bishops’ submission to Citizens’ Assembly on Eighth Amendment

January 3, 2017 5:00 pm to May 3, 2017 5:00 pm

Bishops’ submission to Citizens’ Assembly on Eighth Amendment

Two Lives, One Love, is the title of the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland. Some key points from the submission include:

  • We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.
  • There is no such thing as a human life without value.
  • The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3, would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
  • Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born.
  • We believe that every unborn child, irrespective of his or her medical condition or the circumstances of his or her birth, has the right to be treated equally before the law.
  • Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby. Abortion, by    contrast, is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances. It is not a medical treatment.