Statement by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on HPV vaccines

Statement by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on HPV vaccines

I wish to apologise for contributing to any misinformation, or indeed for causing upset to anyone, concerning use of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines.

My intervention was in response to concerns which I had received about HPV vaccines from parents wishing to make the best health decision on behalf of their children, and from young people alike.  My intention was solely motivated to protect people from the HPV.

I was not fully informed about the vaccination programme and I can see now how HPV vaccines can contribute greatly to lowering the rate of cervical cancer.  As I have learnt, possession of full information is paramount on this vital health issue.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan is Bishop of Waterford & Lismore.                                                       

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  1. Mary Burke says:

    Most people, when they learned of Rev A. Cullinan’s appointment to Waterford & Lismore Diocese in 2015 could have predicted that it would be only s matter of time before something like this erupted.

    This kind of thing is a major argument against Vatican appointment of local bishops. Pope Francis could, with the stroke of a pen, restore the process to where it was in the eatly decades of thd 20th Century: candidates elected locally and then approved by Rome.

    Fr would still be PP of Rathkeale and the country and, more importantly, the good people snd priests of W&L would be spared these indignities.

  2. Richard O'Donnell says:

    Mary is right. But he should be given some credit for apologising.

    Perhaps, with further reflection, he might come to see that some theological issues which he holds to be true – despite the fact that most of us Christians,who also listen to the Spirit, believe otherwise – might also be worthy of an apology. The first apology is the most difficult and deserves to be acknowledged. It gets easier after that.

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