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An Irish archbishop is sending a warning to voters who would redefine marriage to include same-sex couples


by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   May 5, 2015

ARMAGH, Northern Irelandd, May 5, 2015 ( – On May 22, the people of Ireland will vote on the world’s first-ever country-wide referendum over redefining civil marriage to include same-sex couples. With recent polls showing 70 percent of the electorate support “gay marriage,” the head of Ireland’s Catholics, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, is sending a warning to voters — if you legally redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, you defy both faith and reason as well as endanger religious freedom.

In a statement on the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference website, the primate of All Ireland reaffirms what the Irish bishops have already affirmed about the Church’s teaching: One “cannot support an amendment to the Constitution which redefines marriage and effectively places the union of two men, or two women, on a par with the marriage relationship between a husband and wife which is open to the procreation of children.”

Archbishop Martin emphasizes that this doctrine is rooted in both faith and reason. He notes how societies throughout time have always recognized the essential value of marriage for children, mothers, fathers and society as a whole. “To interfere with the definition of marriage,” he stresses, “is not a simple or a trivial matter.”

As a reminder that the Church still maintains its opposition to same-sex unions, Archbishop Martin quotes the final report of last year’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which itself quotes a 2003 document issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope John Paul II: “There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family” (Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, 4).

Yet, while not afraid to appeal to religious doctrine, the archbishop is also quick to dispel the popular notion that all disagreement with so-called gay marriage must reduce simply to faith.

As people of faith, we believe that the union of a man and a woman in marriage, open to the procreation of children, is a gift from God who created us ‘male and female.’ But we are also people of reason, who hold to the truth about human sexuality, grounded in the natural law, that the relationship between a man and a woman is unique.

He laments the rotten state of public discussion on the subject as well, noting how often those who stand up for tradition are thoughtlessly dismissed with personal accusations and insults. “How is it that many people won’t even raise these issues in their families and workplaces for fear of being ridiculed or condemned as homophobic?” he asks. “Could we not expect at least some of our legislators to engage in public discussion on both sides of this debate?”

Advocates of true marriage at least have the support of Pope Francis, as the bishop demonstrates by quoting the Pope’s words at his General Audience just a couple weeks ago: “When the stable and fruitful covenant between a man and a woman is devalued by society, it is a loss for everyone, especially the young.”

This issue, Archbishop Martin says, is not about “marriage equality,” as many gay agenda activists like to frame it. Marriage is fundamentally about “openness to children who are born of the love and sexual relationship of their mother and father.” Hence, he believes, this topic is “about much more than a loving relationship between consenting adults.”

And, as he points out, the Irish Constitution would appear to agree, specifically in Article 41:3:1, in which it’s written: “The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack.”



Source: Church Militant :



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