Abortion, divorce, contraception, stem-cell research, euthanasia and same-sex partnerships are among the social issues that occupied the bishops in their discussions with Vatican officials this weekend.
The failure of the Irish bishops to secure a yes vote in the 2002 abortion referendum, the debacle over the sacked Cura volunteers, the surge in civil divorce, the bishops’ inability to sway the government over embryo research funding and church-state discussions on same-sex partnerships will all have been...
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