Damian Thompson Damian Thompson

Papal surrender

The pontiff seems to have given up defending Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life

Just before Ireland voted overwhelmingly to end the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, Catholics in the fishing village of Clogherhead could be seen storming out of Sunday mass halfway through the service. Why? Their parish priest had come on too strong. He had not only ordered them how to vote but also supplied grisly details of an abortion procedure.

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