Friday 19 January 2018

Bishops' climbdown shows a lack of faith in their message

We shouldn't be too hard on the bishops over their change of tack on solemnising marriages, writes Dearbhail McDonald

Archbishop Eamon Martin
Archbishop Eamon Martin
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

You have got to hand it to the Irish bishops for their spectacular climbdown on solemnisation and same-sex marriage.

During the referendum debate, Archbishop Eamon Martin - the Catholic Primate of All Ireland - issued a threat that the Church might withdraw from the civil side of solemnisation if marriage was extended to same-sex couples.

The hierarchy's nuclear threat - almost Archbishop John Charles McQuaid-like in style and substance - stopped many people in their tracks.

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