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Dublin archbishop discusses opposition to same-sex marriage

May 07, 2015

In an address to diocesan communications officers, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin explained why he will cast a vote of no in the May 22 referendum on same-sex marriage.

“For me the fundamental question is about the complementarity of men and women, of male and female, in the nature of humanity,” he said. “This is a philosophical concept which some will easily put aside, but for me it is the fundamental one … We are all children of a male and a female and this must have relevance to our understanding of the way children should be nurtured and educated.”

“I find it interesting that many of those supporting the yes campaign object to the use of religious language, but they are not shy in quoting Pope Francis in support of their arguments, although I feel that their knowledge of Pope Francis’ repertoire is somewhat restricted,” he continued. “The fact that an argument is set out in theological terms does not mean that it may not have relevance for societal reflection, if presented in appropriate rational language.”

“Bishops regularly speak out on social issues and their comments are often – if not always – welcomed. Indeed they are often criticized for not taking positions on social issues,” he added. “In the heated debate today this relevance of rational reflection inspired by religious belief is being reduced by some at times to a level of banality in which faith in Jesus Christ and his teaching is being placed on the level of belief in leprechauns.”

 


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  • Posted by: feedback - May. 07, 2015 10:48 AM ET USA

    Quote: "rational reflection inspired by religious belief is being reduced by some at times to a level of banality in which faith in Jesus Christ and his teaching is being placed on the level of belief in leprechauns." Archbishop Martin hit the nail right on the head.