Sunday 11 December 2016

Not all Catholics are against marriage equality

Published 07/05/2015 | 02:30

'Jesus proclaimed a vision of an alternative society based on justice, equality and inclusivity'
'Jesus proclaimed a vision of an alternative society based on justice, equality and inclusivity'

Normally, when someone declares oneself a person of faith - in my case a Catholic - the public, with justification, will make the presumption that you are a staunch upholder of the status quo in society and in the case of the forthcoming marriage equality referendum, a definite 'No' voter.

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However, such a presumption is not justified anymore. Over the past 50 years there has been a significant change occurring, especially within the Irish Catholic Church.

This change is not seen among the hierarchy but is very evident among the non-cleric lay people who have decided to remain in their church to demand reform.

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