Bishop of Elphin says voting Yes in abortion referendum is “a sin”

The Bishop of Elphin has said that voting Yes in the Eighth Amendment referendum was “a sin” and those who did so should consider going to confession.

The results of the referendum were 66% in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, and 33% for retaining it, a landslide in favour of liberalising Ireland’s abortion laws.

Bishop Kevin Doran told RTÉ’s Today Sean O’Rourke that if a practicing Catholic “voted Yes knowing and intending that abortion would be the outcome, then you should consider coming to confession”.

He says that although the result “was obviously quite clear-cut” that he believed those who voted Yes knowing abortion would be the outcome had committed “a sin”…..