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
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.