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Gay activists meet with Irish archbishop, plead for change in Church teaching

July 27, 2015

Irish homosexual-rights activists said that they told Archbishop Eamon Martin that “existing Catholic teaching needs to change” during a meeting last week.

Three leading activists spoke with the Primate of All Ireland about the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, at a meeting they had requested during the debate leading up to a national referendum on same-sex marriage. Brendan Butler, of the dissident group We Are Church Ireland, said that he had told the archbishop that a change in teaching is necessary to restore the credibility of the Church.

Richard O’Leary of Faith in Marriage Equality said that he meeting was “a positive step to open dialogue with the Catholic church as a contribution to the ‘reality check’ signaled by the Church” after the referendum vote. The term “reality check” was used by Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin—who has subsequently said that he regrets using that term.


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  • Posted by: Faustina01 - Jul. 27, 2015 6:30 PM ET USA

    I can only believe that a change in the teaching of the Church would alienate all but those loud few who are working feverishly to tear it down; and please, let no Irish bishop or priest ever be accused of heresy by ignoring, denying, or changing our Church teaching. As Christians we work for Jesus, not political lobbyists.