Saturday 18 November 2017

Justin McAleese: Facts of life and gay relationships still stump the Church

Justin McAleese, son of former President Mary McAleese, questions Archbishop Eamon Martin
Justin McAleese, son of former President Mary McAleese, questions Archbishop Eamon Martin
Archbishop Eamon Martin

Justin McAleese

During the marriage equality referendum, the Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, wondered: If it is successful, "what will we be expected to teach children in school about marriage or about homosexual acts?" I wrote to him at the time, asking him to outline the Church's current teaching on homosexuals and homosexual acts.

He first referred me to a 16-page document from the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference called Guidelines on Relationships and Sexuality Education. This document, he said, is "intended to outline the principles to inform all aspects of such teaching in Catholic schools".

This document makes no mention of gays, lesbians or homosexuality. It is a document on heterosexuality only. So I replied, asking him for the gay guidelines, to which he responded: "I do not know of any separate set of principles which deals with gay and lesbian orientation."

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