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No right to gay marriage under European Convention

European Convention on Human Rights does not include the right to marriage for homosexual couples, neither under Article 8 nor Article 12, the right to marry and to found a family.

2016.06.11.

The Joy of Love: less judgement & better pastoral care

“Longer life spans now mean that close and exclusive relationships must last for four, five or even six decades; consequently, the initial decision has to be frequently renewed”.

2016.04.09.

CofI Primate defends decision on US Church

Archbishop Richard Clarke, who attended the Canterbury meeting, said people need to read the statement “very carefully rather than the headlines that have been put on it”.

2016.01.18.

Same sex marriage vote was an error: Bishop Cullinan

Bishop questions whether the State really cares about marriage in view of the fact that it doesn't have marriage preparation courses.

2015.12.02.

DUP uses veto to block NI gay marriage motion

Northern bishops highlight how motion was "completely silent" on the "vital issue" of respect for individual religious conscience and protections for Churches.

2015.11.03.

Primate meets with pro-gay faith groups

Archbishop of Armagh hears that a lack of affirmation of gay persons by the Churches has contributed to the raised rate of suicide, particularly among gay men.

2015.07.29.

Bishop questions arguments based on emotion

“It is not for us to judge people, but that doesn't mean that we should not make objective moral judgements,” Bishop Kevin Doran.

2015.07.10.

Sr Stan named Ireland’s ‘National Treasure’

“One of the most appalling things is that families are becoming homeless, and last month 70 families became homeless. That's two or three new families every day.”

2015.07.01.

Bishop Leahy draws lessons from Referendum result

"We haven’t perhaps communicated sufficiently the art of critical discernment in the light of the Gospel and faith," says bishop of Limerick.

2015.05.30.

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.

Ashers bakery may appeal NI discrimination ruling

Christian-owned bakery found guilty of discrimination by Belfast court for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.

2015.05.20.

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.

Senior lawyers call for No vote in referendum

Conscience rights of teachers will be severely compromised if referendum passes.

2015.05.16.

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.

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.

Same sex marriages will have ‘right to procreate’

Woman who was the product of 'donor conception' says it is wrong and "should be outlawed by any country which respects human rights".

2015.04.27.

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.

Newspaper attack on church commentators slated

Article seems “calculated to try to quash the few dissenting voices” on same sex marriage.

2015.03.04.

‘Ireland needs renewed sense of national purpose’

Archbishop of Dublin warns that healthy politics cannot be built on a culture of spin or a policy of just being against something.

2015.02.26.

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.

PLC criticises Health Minister’s abortion remarks

Minister Varadkar accuses Eighth Amendment, which deals with abortion, of being too “restrictive”.

2014.12.17.

Church & Family Care Society part over gay adoption

Equality would be best served by diversity of adoption providers with reasonable accommodation in law for those of a particular religious ethos: NI bishops.

2014.12.05.

Bishops outline opposition to redefining marriage

New pastoral statement says "Marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man.”

2014.12.04.

Journalist appeals for reasoned debate on gay marriage

You can't take away a person's good name. You must deal with what they are saying: Breda O'Brien.

2014.02.23.

Bishop Nulty dismayed by same sex marriage referendum

Challenges importance society places on role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children.

2013.11.06.

No demand for same sex referendum Iona director warns

“Labour keep pushing for this – they want it but the public doesn’t want it" warns David Quinn.

2013.10.29.
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