Catholic Primate says church should welcome ‘new unions’

Dr Eamon Martin says Catholics should speak out against abortion ‘in a tender, loving way’

Dr Eamon Martin said: “There are many people who feel very strongly about this issue [abortion], and I think it’s very important that we hear that, we listen to it.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dr Eamon Martin said: “There are many people who feel very strongly about this issue [abortion], and I think it’s very important that we hear that, we listen to it.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Catholic Primate of Ireland has said people in “new relationships and unions” should be welcomed into the church.

Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin made the comments at a conference celebrating “family and family life”, in preparation for Ireland’s hosting of the World Meeting of Families in 2018.

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