Same-sex marriage vote 'a defeat for humanity' - cardinal
The same-sex marriage referendum has been labelled a "defeat for humanity" by a senior cardinal in the Vatican.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the result left him "feeling very sad". He also quoted Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, who said the Catholic Church in Ireland would have to take the "reality" of the vote on board.
The cardinal, in his strongly worded statement, added: "I believe that we are talking here not just about a defeat for Christian principles, but also about a defeat for humanity."
Cardinal Parolin did not clarify what he meant exactly by the phrase "defeat for humanity".
Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said there will be no rush to have a referendum on abortion following the same-sex marriage vote. The Fine Gael leader's comments are in sharp contrast to the stance taken by Labour, which has pledged a referendum on abortion as part of its general election manifesto.
Party leader Joan Burton said if Labour was returned to Government after the next election a referendum on repealing the abortion ban would be part of the government programme.
The Taoiseach told the Dáil that the referendum verdict last week was based on life and love. But any move to help mothers with fatal foetal abnormalities required serious consideration.
Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said the referendum on gay marriage pointed up the need for change on key issues, such as access to abortion for women suffering fatal foetal abnormalities. He called for a referendum on the issue to repeal the 1983 eighth amendment restricting abortion.
The Dublin South West TD said the marriage referendum showed there was a "powerful social movement that has changed this country".
He predicted this movement would call for the Catholic Church to be completely separated from the State in the provision of healthcare and education. Mr Murphy added that 20,000 women had travelled abroad for abortions during this Government's term in office.