CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Twitter has restored an Irish Catholic bishop’s post about assisted suicide following a review.
In the Jan. 31 tweet, Bishop Kevin Doran expressed opposition to efforts to legalize the practice in Ireland.
He wrote: “There is dignity in dying. As a priest, I am privileged to witness it often. Assisted suicide, where it is practiced, is not an expression of freedom or dignity, but of the failure of a society to accompany people on their ‘way of the cross.’”
The tweet included a link to the Facebook page of the Diocese of Elphin, which Doran has led since 2014. The link directed readers to a message inviting healthcare professionals to add their names to a petition expressing concern about a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Ireland.
The Iona Institute, an advocacy group promoting the place of marriage and religion in society, reported on Feb. 22 that Twitter had censored the post for “violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.”
It said that, although Doran’s Twitter profile remained accessible, the tweet had been removed and he had been barred from posting.
“Although the intent of the post was the opposite of what Twitter claimed, upon appeal, the social media giant doubled down on its stance and said, ‘Our support team has determined that a violation did take place, and therefore we will not overturn our decision,’” the group said.
A spokeswoman for Elphin diocese, located in the western part of Ireland, told CNA on Tuesday that the issue had been resolved.