Clergy’s silence on Eighth speaks volumes
The Catholic hierarchy’s reticence in the referendum debate would have been unthinkable in the 1980s
During the 1983 referendum to insert the Eighth Amendment into the Constitution, clerics like Bishop Eamonn Casey and Fr Michael Cleary were in full flight.
There is archive footage of Cleary in the audience of RTÉ’s Today Tonight programme, demanding to know if a female panellist supported abortion.
But the Catholic Church’s authority was undermined in the 1990s by the revelation that Casey and Cleary had both secretly fathered children. Then its credibility was devastated...
Subscribe from just 1€
Choose the subscription that is right for you
For the first month
€19.99 Monthly ThereafterSubscribe today
For the first year
€199.99 annually thereafterSubscribe today
For the first 90 days
€55.00 quarterly ThereafterSubscribe today
These offers are not available for current subscribers. Offers and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Terms & Conditions Apply