In a recent interview by The Guardian, Cork-based, Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons confirmed his support of the Catholic Church’s pro-life stance, saying that abortion is a “sin” and that it represents a “tremendous mental attack on women”.
In the interview, which was also covered by The Catholic Herald, Irons spoke candidly about the Catholic Church and against the trend in western society to move away from religion: “Our society is based on a Christian structure. If you take those religious tenets away, then anything goes and it will become terrible – and you usually get into trouble.”
Irons continued, “the Church is right to say it [abortion] is a sin. Because sin is actions that harm us. Lying harms us. Abortion harms a woman – it’s a tremendous mental attack, and physical, sometimes. But we seem to get that muddled. In a way, thank God the Catholic Church does say we won’t allow it, because otherwise nobody’s saying that it’s a sin.”
The full interview with The Guardian can be read here.