The Catholic Church can learn a lot from referendum result
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's suggestion that the Catholic Church must engage in a reality check is timely. Clearly, he acknowledges that there is a tension between the church's view of what counts as the human good and that of the great majority of the people of Ireland. The emphasis from now on must be on what the church is learning rather than on what it is teaching.
Following the teachings of the church does not relieve us of the demands of our inbuilt and God-given intelligence. The church in Ireland, for far too long and by far too many, has been experienced as a domineering and oppressive ruler, repressing the inbuilt human desire to raise questions.
The recent referendum has served the Christian cause well by opening the floodgates of healthy debate and analysis.