As I’m sure you are aware, Ireland became the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote after a referendum found that 62% of voters were in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
What comes next sounds like satire and feels like satire, but no it is actually quite real …
A senior Vatican official has attacked the legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland. The referendum that overwhelmingly backed marriage equality last weekend was a “defeat for humanity”, he claimed.
“I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality
I’m not personally convinced that for a chap who thinks his imaginary friend is real that “reality” is one of his strengths.
We are on a roll here because archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, also commented as follows …
“It is very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people … [then the church needs] a reality check.”
er yes, he really did say it in our reality, he feels they need a reality check, which is perhaps the primary criticism that has been directed against their various delusions for quite some time.
When you hear somebody claim that a popular public vote in favour of equal rights is “a defeat for humanity” then you know that they truly are standing on the wrong side of the moral line, oh and he is also basically telling 62% of the voting public in Ireland that they are idiots.
It should come as no surprise to see that the Guardian article on this has generated thousands of comments, most of which are highly critical of this crassly daft claim, and so here are a few of my favourites …
Organisation that covered up organised child abuse for decades describes allowing couples in love to marry as inhumane. You can’t make it up. Are they against it because it’s same sex, or because it’s between consenting adults?
Defeat for humanity? Oh my my. The church that has done little to stop the spread of diseases, that does little to ease poverty and sweeps a massive paedophile scandal under the carpet. Vatican needs to take a long hard look at itself and not the pretty boys at the back of the church!
The church is suffering and feeling insulted and confused by their apparent lack of relevance. This is a self-inflicted wound that is only going to get worse as they flail about demanding that people listen to their bigoted rules. Slowly, education and modern thinking are burying superstition
Barely five minutes’ walk away from where I write is the site where many women, deceased inmates of a Magdalene laundry, were buried, their deaths, like their lives, unrecorded and erased. That was a defeat for humanity, one of many by the Church in Ireland.
Nothing like a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven telling people about their sexuality. How can the Catholic Church decry homosexuality and gay marriage, while at the same time marrying male priests to Christ, a man.
They might never to come to terms with it, but the result of the vote was not a defeat, but rather a victory for humanity.
None of this should of course be a surprise because every single time there has been a move forwards towards a better society in Ireland, the catholic cult has had to be dragged there kicking and screaming.