"I have to say, I thought long and hard about it. In terms of repealing the Eighth, I would have no issue in terms of fatal foetal abnormalities, incest and rape. Other areas I'm uncomfortable with it. But when it came down to it, I asked myself the question: 'By voting no, would it prevent one termination?' And I then I said, 'No, because what it does is, it victimises women and it forces them to go abroad.' While I had concerns about the 12-week nature, I ultimately came down with the decision to vote Yes."
In the same interview, Troy said that he had supported a successful 2015 effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland.
The Times reported that Troy was denied the Eucharist at a Jan. 4 funeral Mass in the Diocese of Meath. The diocese has not commented publicly on the matter.
The report comes amid debate in the United States over the situation of New York's governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic who signed into law Jan. 22 a set of measures that will allow for abortion in New York throughout a woman's pregnancy, if her "life and health" require it. Some Catholic groups have called for a response from Cuomo's bishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law says that Catholics "obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion."
A 2004 memorandum penned by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would later become Pope Benedict XVI, told bishops that if a Catholic politician is "consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws," his pastor "should meet with him, instructing him about the Church's teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist."