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A Discerning Church Listens

May 1, 2018 - May 15, 2018

Many of us don’t like the idea of abortion in Ireland. But at the same time we feel unsure about imposing our opinion on other citizens. Especially when the pregnancy is problematic. As a parish community which welcomes all, Gardiner Street Church wants to engage with the questions raised by this referendum.

Pope Francis encourages us: “to create spaces where pastoral workers can be helped and healed, ‘places where faith itself in the crucified and risen Jesus is renewed, where the most profound questions and daily concerns are shared, where deeper discernment about our experiences and life itself is undertaken in the light of the Gospel, for the purpose of directing individual and social decisions towards the good and beautiful’.” – Joy of the Gospel #77

We want to create a safe space to listen to the teaching of the Church, the experiences of women facing challenging pregnancies and to the legal consequences of a yes/no vote. So, you are invited to three meetings in May.

Tuesday 1st May – 8pm to 9.30pm: What is the Church’s teaching on abortion, the informed conscience and the law?
(Speaker: Prof. Pat Hannon, Moral theologian, Maynooth. Chair: Bishop Eamonn Walsh DD)

Tuesday 8th May – 8pm to 9.30pm: What is the experience of women in Ireland facing challenging pregnancies?
(Speakers: Ann-Marie Lee, Health Nurse, D. Twomey, Obstetrician Chair: Pat Coyle Jesuit Communications)

Tuesday 15th May – 8pm to 9.30pm: What will be the likely legal consequences of a yes/no vote?
(Speaker: Prof. Gerard Whyte TCD. Chair: Brian Lennon SJ

The aim of the meetings is to promote listening: listening to real life experiences, listening to the teaching of our Church and listening to the legal realities. This will not be a forum for campaigners but it will be a safe space for you to listen, inform your conscience and take that step towards a referendum decision.


May 1, 2018
May 15, 2018


Church of St Francis Xavier
Gardiner Street
Dublin 1, Ireland
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