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