- Jan 25, 2021
Archbishop Eamon Martin says Ireland’s Catholic Church shouldn’t be scapegoated for the dire conditions in the country’s mother-and-baby homes in the 20th century, noting the homes were commissioned by government authorities.
Ireland’s prime minster issued a formal state apology Wednesday to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the country’s wrongs.
Ireland’s top prelate has “unreservedly apologized” to those mistreated in Church-run homes for unwed mothers after a scathing report issued by a government commission.
Ireland’s prime minister said Tuesday that the country must “face up to the full truth of our past,” as a long-awaited report recounted decades of harm done by church-run homes for unmarried women and their babies, where thousands of infants died.
Ireland’s top archbishop has condemned a program on the state broadcaster as “deeply offensive” after it aired a fake news report on the arrest of God for rape.
Ireland’s bishops say “safe and effective vaccination is an essential aspect” of COVID-19 prevention and are encouraging Catholics to support vaccination programs, “not only for their own good, but for the protection of life and the health of those who are vulnerable and for the common good of humanity.”