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.”
Jason Evert has reported that his message has been able to reach tens of thousands more people than he would have been able to reach with a few talks in Ireland.
“It became clear that the line in the sand had turned into a canyon. This protocol graciously allows us to continue to live out the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, albeit in different expressions,” says Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton.
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.
“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”.
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”.
Bishop questions whether the State really cares about marriage in view of the fact that it doesn't have marriage preparation courses.
Northern bishops highlight how motion was "completely silent" on the "vital issue" of respect for individual religious conscience and protections for Churches.
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.
“It is not for us to judge people, but that doesn't mean that we should not make objective moral judgements,” Bishop Kevin Doran.
“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.”
"We haven’t perhaps communicated sufficiently the art of critical discernment in the light of the Gospel and faith," says bishop of Limerick.
"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.
Christian-owned bakery found guilty of discrimination by Belfast court for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.
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.
Conscience rights of teachers will be severely compromised if referendum passes.
Call for Dr Maureen Gaffney to withdraw remarks effectively likening those who do not want marriage redefined to Nazis and racists.
"Will the terms ‘father’ and ‘mother’ have any real meaning in the future?" - Bishop Phonsie Cullinan.
“I have serious concerns about the blunt refusal to give any real guarantees regarding freedom of religion in relation to the referendum."
Woman who was the product of 'donor conception' says it is wrong and "should be outlawed by any country which respects human rights".
Government could have followed the Portuguese lead by excluding same sex adoption - Keith Mills of Mothers and Fathers Matter.
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.
Article seems “calculated to try to quash the few dissenting voices” on same sex marriage.
Archbishop of Dublin warns that healthy politics cannot be built on a culture of spin or a policy of just being against something.
Survey carried out for ACCORD finds marriage remains a desirable outcome for most people and most expect it to be for life.
Minister Varadkar accuses Eighth Amendment, which deals with abortion, of being too “restrictive”.
Equality would be best served by diversity of adoption providers with reasonable accommodation in law for those of a particular religious ethos: NI bishops.
New pastoral statement says "Marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man.”
You can't take away a person's good name. You must deal with what they are saying: Breda O'Brien.
Challenges importance society places on role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children.