Priest: Ireland’s vote on ‘right to life’ could affect Filipinos

Priest: Ireland’s vote on ‘right to life’ could affect Filipinos

The Liffey River in Dublin, Ireland. FR. AYUYAO’S FB ACCOUNT

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

May 25, 2018

DUBLIN, Ireland

As the people of Ireland decide today in a referendum whether to uphold or repeal a provision which gives equal rights to the life of the mother and the unborn child, a Filipino missionary in Ireland believes the decision will have a great impact on Filipinos and the Philippines.

“The issue is very serious for the reason that it will change not only the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland but also what the Irish people and other pro-life nations represent,” said Fr. Leonard S. Ayuyao, SSS, currently assigned to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Dublin, Ireland.

According to the priest, the Irish people’s decision on the 8th Amendment of their Constitution can have repercussions for pro-life Filipinos and their nation, sending it “a message.”

‘Right to life’

The 8th Amendment reads “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

“Another point that is critical in this issue,” Ayuyao expounded, “is that when abortion is legalized, those who work in the health care sector will be obliged to perform abortions whenever they are demanded.”

“Many nurses here in Ireland are of Filipino descent with Catholic background, so, they will be bound by law to assist in abortions even if it is against their consciences,” the priest disclosed.

He also noted the essentially “Catholic and family-oriented” values of the Irish and how the choice to legalize abortion will “destroy their identity,” officially making them a “secular country.”

More vibrant Church in Ireland

As the Church in the Philippines prepares to commemorate 500 years of evangelization, the Filipino missionary appealed to the Catholic faithful “to stand firm in the faith that we received five centuries ago for God has a plan for us for being the Christian nation in Asia.”

In connection to this, Ayuyao shared his experience as part of the Filipino community in Ireland.

“Filipinos make the Church in Ireland more vibrant. They are very active in their different parishes.”

“The Irish people are fond of them when they celebrate popular devotions here, like the Sto. Niño, Nuestra Señora de la Peñafrancia, San Miguel, and the Simbang Gabi, because they express their faith even when they are in a foreign land, which is not being done by the Irish Catholics nowadays,” he revealed.

“Our countrymen there at home can be more prayerful and strive more to understand the Church’s teaching in faith and morals because people who promote the ‘pro-choice’ agenda are ignorant of the truth,” Ayuyao added.