FIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin gave his thoughts today on a statement from a Vatican commentator that Catholic TDs should resign rather than vote to legalise abortion.Monsignor Jacques Suaudeau, the scientific director of the Pontifical Academy for Life at the Vatican, told the Irish Catholic newspaper that Catholic politicians who support the forthcoming abortion bill are “pushing themselves out of the Church”.Fianna Fáil TDs and senators will be allowed a free vote when the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill is put to them in the Dáil.This morning, Martin told RTÉ’s radio show Morning Ireland that as a parliamentarian “I don’t take my cue from the Vatican or anybody in relation to that”, referring to voting for the bill.He said he intends to vote for the bill. Martin said that he has a “personal conscience view here that I have an obligation to speak the truth”, and that he is clear that “what I am about is protecting the life of the mother when the life of the mother is at risk”.“Of course the church is entitled to its point of view, and can articulate that point of view,” said Martin, but added he doesn’t think the church is “entitled to misrepresent however what the bill is about”.There has been an attempt made by hierarchy spokespeople here “that someone who supports this bill is somehow pro-abortion and pro-choice”, said Martin.That is a fundamental misrepresentation and it is wrong.He also said that there should be no attempts to label people wrongly in terms of the motivation and the good faith in which they are approaching this issue.“It is a deep issue of conscience,” he added. Martin described himself as pro-life, not pro-choice or pro-abortion. He said that Catholics “have a right to vote with their conscience”.The Fianna Fáil party is looking at aspects of amendments to the bill, and the party’s health spokesperson Billy Kelleher will be bringing forward some suggestions, said Martin.Issues of interest to them include annual reports and monitoring of how the legislation will work in practice, and though they may not lead to amendments, it is open to members to table amendments to the bill.Read: Fianna Fáil to examine if free votes should be given more often>Read: Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to have free vote on abortion bill>Read: Catholic TDs “will not be excommunicated” if they vote for abortion legislation> I am a Catholic myself, and I will make my decisions in accordance with my conscience but I certainly don’t believe parliamentarians who have to uphold the constitution should be taking diktat from anybody in that regard.
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Some of the world’s best sand sculptors flocked to Key West this weekend for a creative showdown.Eight sculptors are going to head-to-heat as part of the fourth International Sand Art Competition.Each artist is using about nine tons of sand to create larger-than-life sculptures at the Casa Marina Resort.The competition kicked off Wednesday and continues thru Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
X-Men Please, reviews be good. Screenshot by CNET/20th Century Fox Dark Phoenix isn’t just the latest in a superhero franchise. It’s a rare second chance for director Simon Kinberg. But did this particular phoenix rise from the ashes?If a story following Jean Grey’s tortured descent into darkness sounds familiar, you’re not going crazy. Not only did Kinberg direct and write X-Men’s latest, he co-wrote 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand about… Jean Grey’s tortured descent into darkness. It didn’t fare too well with critics. But that wasn’t a problem! Kinberg erased the events of that film with time travel mind-bender, and much better-received, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now, running truer to the Dark Phoenix Saga arc from the comics and with Sophie Turner in the lead, he’s given the story another shot.Let’s take a look at the reviews so far. Related stories The verdict”After a shaky opening, Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey brings us on a wild ride to complete an era of mutant adventures.”– Sean Keane, CNET”Somehow, it manages to make all but a scant handful of scenes feel inexorable, inexplicably boring. It drags on listlessly, completely unsure what to do with any of its characters — not even Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), the titular “Phoenix” of Dark Phoenix has any real clarity or purpose.”– Meg Downey, GameSpot”Better than Last Stand or Apocalypse but never hitting the heights of X2, Dark Phoenix thrives when its heroes are front and centre. If this is the end, it’s a solid rather than spectacular goodbye.”– Ian Freer, Empire”If Dark Phoenix feels like the nadir of 21st century blockbuster cinema, that’s not because it’s the worst film of its kind — hell, it’s not even the worst installment of its franchise — but rather because it might be the only $200 million tentpole that has no evident reason to exist.”– David Ehrlich, IndieWire”A by-the-numbers, mildly interesting attempt at telling a classic story that, unfortunately, it just doesn’t have the time, space, or range to do.”– Charles Pulliam-Moore, Gizmodo”The good news is that Dark Phoenix is an improvement from its Apocalypse predecessor, the bad news is that the bar was already pretty low.”– Brandon Davis, Comicbook.com”In no way does this feel like a fulsome, satisfying destination to a journey that started two decades ago and logged about 30 hours in the telling.”– Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter”Dark Phoenix is a soulless retelling of one of the great arcs in comic book lore, and an all-too-fitting whimper of a conclusion to a franchise that never remotely fulfilled its potential.”– Jake Cole, Slant Magazine”A disappointingly average superhero flick, with a familiar story, disinterested actors, some cool action sequences, and a whole lot of missed opportunities.”– William Bibbliani, The Wrap”Dark Phoenix doesn’t work as a single entry in the larger franchise, nor does it build effectively on what came before, leaving Fox’s X-Men films without a satisfying conclusion to the nearly two-decade old series.”– Molly Freeman, Screen Rant Dark Phoenix director reveals how he worked to get X-Men right this time What’s the deal with X-Men: Dark Phoenix? A Jean Grey history lesson Dark Phoenix review: A new lease on life for X-Men’s most compelling villain 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos Share your voice TV and Movies Final X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer Tags 1 2:03 Comment
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