Tuesday 6 December 2016

God gave us the intelligence to make difficult moral decisions

Published 06/06/2015 | 02:30

‘Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is the right person to bridge the gap between church and the people’
‘Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is the right person to bridge the gap between church and the people’

As one of those who left Ireland as a late teenager in the mid-1960s, I write to congratulate the people in the land of my birth on the result of the referendum.

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While it brought an end to much pain and misery for gay people, the result is even more poignant as it is a statement that the nation is determined to give full expression to the freedom that was enshrined in the 1916 Proclamation and which has remained elusive until recent times. The people have made it unambiguously clear that it is their voice and not that of the Catholic Church which will determine the laws of the State. It is a cathartic moment in Irish history and one which gives good reason to celebrate that the needs of human beings must always supersede theological or ideological dogma. Ireland has moved irrevocably from a theocracy to a democracy.

As a practising Catholic, I am ecstatic at the result because I always believed that God gave us intelligence to make difficult moral decisions and in so doing activate the positive spirit of the gospels in our everyday lives, thus enhancing the pool of goodness to cultivate a healthy society.

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