Dear Editor, Being from the Republic, I read with amazement that there is a policy in the North, as well as the rest of the UK, which prohibits poorer families from receiving child allowance for a third child or next child. I would certainly not call myself a bleeding heart socialist, but children should never be the firing line when it comes to saving money and encouraging people to return to work. This type of punitive policy most certainly disproportionately affects large Catholic families in the North – as they tend to have more children than the rest of the UK, as the article reports. [IC 17/06/2021].
Pro-life Catholics and women’s groups on our two islands should fight tooth and nail. When it comes to abortion, there was no end to the debate and the campaign, but for some reason children who are already born don’t get the same public outcry despite this horrific policy.
Pro-life groups and individuals should consider this as their next big campaign as it surely brings poorer women to abortion clinics. Not all of us are in a comfortable position to financially support a newborn baby, especially if a woman is abandoned by the father of her child. Abortion has been pushed into Northern Ireland although it should have been a devolved problem, despite this horrific situation everything should be done to support families and children rather than referring them to an abortion clinic.
The Church has always said that married couples should be open to a new life, but it seems the Westminster government wants to make this as difficult as possible for families who are struggling financially and wish to adhere to the teaching of the Church. ‘Church. Being Catholic and staying true to the faith these days seems to be getting more and more difficult.
Rathfarnham, County Dublin
Thank the boys with the flower arrangements
Dear editor, I just got The Irish Catholic for June 17th and I just want to say kudos to the boys from Limerick who proudly posed with their flower arrangements on your front page. [IC 17/06/2021].
From all the photos in the diary, I can really tell Ryan, Padog and Paddy that you made me laugh, so # 1 of your photo boys. Hope you are doing well with all your future arrangements.
Keep up the good work and thank you for putting a smile on my face.
Raheny, Dublin 5
An event to celebrate
Dear Editor, On the air recently, many of us have listened to the voice of a young student pleading for her, as she saw it, the “civil law”, to bodily autonomy. “My body is mine to do with whatever I choose… to manage my own pregnancy when it does happen” was her request. Something that may not have occurred to him in his deliberations are the inevitable consequences of bringing a new citizen into the nation – who will benefit from the services, pay taxes, and hopefully. , will contribute to the well-being of society. Pregnancy is a business, not a personal affair. It is an event that must be celebrated by the community.
Ingratitude is the deepest wound
Dear Editor, Well done to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern for remembering Ireland’s debt to clerics [IC 13/05/2021]. How easily we forget. Ingratitude is the deepest wound of all. Keep up the good work.
Inishannon, County Cork
Can all pro-life groups work in the Life Institute?
Dear Editor, Would it be possible if all pro-life groups worked under the umbrella of the Life Institute? People can be confused if they come across multiple pro-life groups.
Goatstown, Dublin 14
Find a peace the world can’t give us
Dear Editor, There is so much fear and confusion in Ireland among Catholics about vaccination against the Covid virus. It is not from God. Jesus tells us so many times “Do not be afraid”. I sincerely believe that our bishops were given to us by God. They are his apostles here on earth and if they encourage us to get vaccinated then we must trust them. They are our spiritual fathers. We shouldn’t listen to all the noise and confusion created in this media society. I urge people to read about Saint Teresa and her concept of spiritual childhood. Jesus told Saint Faustina that a single act of obedience gives her more glory than long prayers and mortifications. Let us trust these men who are given to us by God, filled with the Holy Spirit. Then we will find a peace that the world cannot give us.
God protects you,
Bartlemy, County Cork
The question of surrogacy is certainly not simple
Dear Editor, David Quinn’s article on surrogacy [IC 17/06/2021] was interesting and informative. I knew there were ethical issues surrounding this, but I hadn’t looked into it myself, but now I’m dismayed at the one-sidedness of a story I’ve heard until present in other newspapers and media that I have seen.
Mother and Baby Homes are a prime example, the government and the Church saw it as an ethical way to deal with a difficult situation, but in hindsight it was the opposite – at least in the way these institutions have been allowed to operate.
Now we are looking to allow something that is banned in many other EU countries. Do we really want to prevent children from knowing who their biological parents are? Do we want a situation where the wombs of women are used as incubators for the children of others? Who knows what the final legislation will say – as it is apparently still in the works – but as we have seen in other countries, legislation, once introduced, can be easily changed. The issue of surrogacy is certainly not straightforward. We can still have horror stories of women whose children are taken from them at birth against their will, except this time it will be by Irish parents and a mother whose womb has been purchased for nine months.
City of Limerick, Limerick
Dr. McAleese’s take on ‘strange’ infant baptism
Dear Editor, Mary Kenny compares Mary McAleese’s opposition to infant baptism to that of the Baptists, Pentecostals and Plymouth Brethren [IC 17/06/2021].
The comparison is inappropriate. The groups mentioned by Mary Kenny all base their opposition on their interpretation of the New Testament. We may think their views on the matter are wrong, indeed, as Catholics we are obligated to do so, but they take a theological stance just like us.
Dr McAleese opposes infant baptism on the basis of his interpretation of human rights law; she opposes the Church’s teaching on the ordination of women on the same basis. Its position is purely secular rather than religious.
It is strange that a Catholic cradle like Dr. McAleese considers infant baptism an offense against human rights rather than the granting of sacramental grace.
Donegall Road, Belfast