Sunday 22 October 2017

Careful reflection needed before marriage is changed forever and we are being asked to change it

Some members of the Teachers for a No Vote group outside Dáil Éireann earlier this week. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Some members of the Teachers for a No Vote group outside Dáil Éireann earlier this week. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

With all the debate - at times heated and passionate - and the posters concerning the upcoming marriage referendum, it might seem strange that I would say that both sides are actually talking about the same important thing.

What is being discussed is our understanding of the philosophical principles that we wish to embrace to sustain our common social ethic.

It is not as such a debate about religious views. It is an important philosophical debate. Reflection and critical debate about the type of society we wish to attain and sustain and the values which should underlie it are part and parcel of the democratic process. Citizens should be encouraged to express or criticise or challenge the principles which buttress our vision of society.

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