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Irish Prime Minister Says Faith Should Not Affect One’s Public Service

Irish Prime Minister Tells Church to Stay out of Politics

CC Infomatique/William Murphy

Tim Drake - published on 06/17/13

The Catholic politician supports liberalizing abortion laws

The pro-abortion Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who drew protests for delivering the commencement address and receiving an honorary degree from Boston College, has said that personal faith should play no part in legislation, reports the Irish Examiner.

Kenny described himself as "a Taoiseach who happens to be Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach," saying that personal belief should play no part in lawmaking.

Following Cardinal Sean Brady's criticism of the prime minister's support for loosening abortion restrictions in Ireland, Kenny responded:

"The Constitution is determined by the people, it’s the people’s book. We live within the parameters of the Constitution and strictly within the confines of the law. And that’s where the heads of the bill are entirely focused: Within the Constitution and within the law."

Kenny made similar remarks during his commencement address at Boston College last month.

“Those privileged to lead this, or any other democracy, will do so not as Catholic or Protestant or dissenter, but as men and women guided by and beholden to nothing but the law, the Constitution and above all, the people," Kenny told the graduates. "All the people — of all faiths and none. You will do so without fear or favour because your God, your personal faith, will sustain you.”

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CatholicismIrelandReligious Freedom
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