Saturday 21 October 2017

God's love is not diminished by one's sexual orientation

To say a gay person is in any way less a human being, less perfect or moral, is totally wrong, writes Fr Tony Flannery

YES VOTE: Fr Tony Flannery does not consider his support of same-sex marriage to be in conflict with his Catholic faith
YES VOTE: Fr Tony Flannery does not consider his support of same-sex marriage to be in conflict with his Catholic faith

Fr Tony Flannery

The upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum is not the first time that committed Catholics of my generation have been confronted by significant moral questions as to how we would cast our vote. It is a good exercise, because it helps us to clarify for ourselves what exactly we believe and where we stand.

As in all the other social debates we have had over the past 40 years, there are no clear black and white answers, because each one of them, in its own way, dealt with an issue that deeply concerned human persons, and where the individual human being is concerned, black and white answers are usually not that helpful: the human condition does not fit easily with rigidity.

Having considered the question that is being presented to us on this occasion, and after having listened to the debate so far and given it a great deal of thought, I will be voting Yes. I do not consider this decision to be in any way in conflict with my faith, or with my position as a priest.

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