Irish bishop Doran provoked government opposition after he strongly and publicly affirmed Catholic teaching against contraception, saying it had been ignored too long. He repeated the teaching of the Papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, which said contraception is unlawful and and which said, decades ago, that it “could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards” and that it could lead a man to “forget the reverence due to a woman” and “reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires”.
After the bishop’s words were repeated in a prominent Irish newspaper, the Irish Health Minister – who spearheaded the campaign for a successful Yes vote in the abortion referendum – said
“Please just make it stop! Increasing access to & availability of contraception is and will remain public health policy. Religion plays an important role for many on an individual basis–but it will not determine health and social policy in our country. Please get that.”