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Yes vote was show of solidarity towards gays: Bishop

Iona Institute chairman calls on Irish Church “to start teaching its teachings”.

2015.05.25.

Church leaders respond to referendum outcome

No vote was "a principled vote. People, I hope, will respect that” - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2015.05.24.

A reasoned No vote is not homophobic

"What will happen will be determined exclusively by the courts and we know from past experience that test cases can produce unexpected results” - Archbishop Martin.

2015.05.20.

Bishops & philosopher highlight MarRef concerns

"Getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation," - Bishop MacDaid.

2015.05.19.

Fr Brendan Purcell concerned for the constitution

Irish philosopher says introducing SSM in Ireland is legally even more catastrophic than it has been in England because of our special constitutional protections for the family.

2015.05.18.

Bishops warn of possible law suits if MarRef passes

"Will those who sincerely believe that marriage is between a man and a woman be forced to act against their faith and conscience?” - Bishop Martin Drennan.

2015.05.17.

Anger as psychologist likens No voters to Nazis

Call for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw remarks effectively likening those who do not want marriage redefined to Nazis and racists.

2015.05.15.

Primate reiterates opposition to referendum proposal

The Church is not trying to hurt or offend anyone, “We simply want to respect the dignity of difference between male and female” - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.05.14.

Tusla withdraws funding for Accord’s courses

Funding withdrawal will apply from January 2015 and will “undermine a vital service provided to women and men preparing for marriage”.

2015.05.13.

Church must reach out to those in irregular situations

Experience of failure & struggle cannot be irrelevant in arriving at the way we proclaim the Church’s teaching on marriage & family.

2015.05.12.

Every child should have its ‘mammy and daddy’

"Will the terms ‘father’ and ‘mother’ have any real meaning in the future?" - Bishop Phonsie Cullinan.

2015.05.12.

Yes vote may impact on ACCORD bishop warns

“I have serious concerns about the blunt refusal to give any real guarantees regarding freedom of religion in relation to the referendum."

2015.05.11.

Three bishops address marriage referendum

“A society that identifies the two parties in marriage as spouse I and spouse II has lost sight of a deep truth of human nature" - Archbishop Neary.

2015.05.10.

Archbishop gives his reasons for voting No

“We are all children of a male and a female and this must have relevance to our understanding of the way children should be nurtured and educated."

2015.05.07.

This is not a single-issue referendum: Bishop Nulty

“At a time when we place emphasis on the richness of pluralism and ... diversity, it is a contradiction to minimise human differences. A father is not the same as a mother.”

2015.05.04.

Bishop Smith decries lack of debate over CFR bill

The search for equality in our society will not be advanced by undermining the very cornerstone on which a just and stable society is built.

2015.05.04.

Yes campaign misunderstand ‘equality’: Primate

If society imposes a 'new orthodoxy' of 'gender-neutral' marriage... what will we be expected to teach children in school about marriage?

2015.05.03.

Limerick synod should discuss women deacons

“I have been constantly told by people working in the Vatican that they can’t say no to women deacons, they just don’t want to say yes" - Dr Phyllis Zagano.

2015.04.26.

Recover honour for marriage & family: Pope

Pontiff hits out at excesses of patriarchal cultures…multiple forms of ‘machismo’… and the instrumentalisation and commodification of the female body by media.

2015.04.24.

Mothers & Fathers Matter call for No vote

Government could have followed the Portuguese lead by excluding same sex adoption - Keith Mills of Mothers and Fathers Matter.

2015.04.18.

Church may opt out of marriage registration role

In the event of marriage being redefined as a consequence of a Yes vote in the referendum, the bishops may instruct priests not to act as civil registrars for marriages.

2015.04.15.

Increasingly difficult to express marriage views

Bishop of Elphin warns that many who support Church's teaching on marriage wonder if they are entitled to express this view publicly anymore.

2015.04.13.

National Eucharistic Congress to be held in Knock

September Congress will be an opportunity to reflect on the fruits of IEC2012 and a preparation for the International Congress in Philippines in 2016.

2015.04.04.

Archbishop made no call for conscience clause

Transcript shows Diarmuid Martin commented on freedom of conscience without making any specific proposal in relation to marriage referendum.

2015.03.25.

ACP won’t be adopting position on referendum

Association of Catholics in Ireland host ‘Open Forum on the Family’.

2015.03.24.

Archbishop Martin pays tribute to “great families”

Letters sent to Archbishop from no supporters in marriage referendum containing "obnoxious, insulting and unchristian" language towards gay and lesbian people.

2015.03.20.

Reflect before you change marriage: bishops

"Mothers and fathers bring different, yet complementary, gifts and strengths into a child's life".

2015.03.11.

Church must listen to married couples: Archbishop

The sacrament of marriage is a sacrament given for the building up of the Church.

2015.03.05.

Family challenges leave couples reluctant to marry

Address by Bishop Kevin Doran on ‘The Synod on the Family and its Implications for our Understanding of Marriage’.

2015.02.24.

Support for marriage and the family remains strong

Survey carried out for ACCORD finds marriage remains a desirable outcome for most people and most expect it to be for life.

2015.02.11.
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