The bishops express concern that people might be “compelled to provide a service which de facto promotes same-sex marriage”. This could mean that civil registrars and others might indirectly be denied “their legitimate right to freedom of religion, expression and conscience.”
“I would be particularly cautious about protesting against GPs because everybody is going there, and people go there for all sorts of reasons.”
“Peadar Tóibín’s decision to vote against the legislation is a serious breach of the party’s rules and he has now been suspended for a period of six months.”
Seven bishops issue pastoral letters on Eighth Amendment over bank holiday weekend in a bid to influence more people to vote No in the upcoming referendum.
Jesuit theologian Fr Gerry O’Hanlon argues that a synodal form of church at all levels is urgently needed to salvage the Catholic faith in Ireland.
“We highlighted that the vast majority of acts of sexual intercourse do not have the biological capacity for procreation and so, contrary to the central claim of Humanae Vitae, cannot have a procreative finality and significance.”
"Pope Francis realises that we do not live in a world where ... all that is needed is either to repeat doctrinal formulations or to set these doctrines aside and be ‘pastoral’.”
‘The Simplest Prayer’ includes practical advice on meditation and simple reflections for times of anxiety, weak faith, troubled conscience and letting go.