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Bishops' climbdown shows a lack of faith in their message

We shouldn't be too hard on the bishops over their change of tack on solemnising marriages, writes Dearbhail McDonald

Published 14/06/2015 | 02:30

Archbishop Eamon Martin
Archbishop Eamon Martin

You have got to hand it to the Irish bishops for their spectacular climbdown on solemnisation and same-sex marriage.

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During the referendum debate, Archbishop Eamon Martin - the Catholic Primate of All Ireland - issued a threat that the Church might withdraw from the civil side of solemnisation if marriage was extended to same-sex couples.

The hierarchy's nuclear threat - almost Archbishop John Charles McQuaid-like in style and substance - stopped many people in their tracks.

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