Same-sex marriage, even by definition, cannot be right
The great Catholic convert Oscar Wilde once stated that the only thing worse than being talked about, was not being talked about. In this context one must welcome Gary J Byrne's (Irish Independent, Letters October 17, 2015) contribution to the debate on same-sex marriage in the Longford diocese.
Of course, Mr Byrne is correct that a majority voted yes, but that doesn't answer the question as to the legitimacy of the concept itself, particularly in a Catholic context, the context of Fr Joseph Okere's concerns and of my letter.
Without rehashing the arguments all over again, one need only cite the fact that the word matrimony derives from the latin word 'mater', meaning mother.