The Association of Catholic Priests have called on the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore to withdraw his comments on the safety of the HPV vaccine as a protection for women against cervical cancer.
The Association which represents a third of the country’s Catholic priests say the comments by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan which linked the HPV vaccine to promiscuity were ill-informed and dangerous.
The group, said parents might be led to believe that Bishop Cullinan has some competence in this area and follow his advice, thereby unwittingly putting their children at risk.
His claim that the Gardasil vaccine had created a false sense of security, they say, bring the Irish Catholic Church into further disrepute suggesting a nonchalance about women’s health and an obsession with sexuality.
The members of the Irish Bishops’ Conference has also been urged to disassociate themselves from the comments.