Archbishop Eamon Martin yesterday warned that TDs who support the bill would be guilty of co-operating with evil.
In a last-ditch appeal by the Catholic Church to urge the Government against enacting the law, the coadjutor archbishop of Armagh said excommunication from the Church is a rare phenomenon.
However, he warned that Catholic politicians might be forced into serious conversations with their priests about their own personal journeys if they vote for the bill.
“The direct and intentional killing of any persons is always gravely immoral,” Dr Martin told RTÉ Radio.
“I can’t make a blanket statement here about any individual reasons for voting today, but I can say that knowingly and willingly and intentionally voting to promote abortion, which is the killing of an innocent child, is co-operation in evil and can’t be reconciled with your faith.”
He said the laws would result in a fundamental change in medical practice.
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