Dublin archbishop responds to gay ‘marriage’ debate
Faithful Catholics in Dublin are in an uproar over their own bishop. While homosexual activists are working hard in Ireland in the build-up to a national referendum on “gay marriage,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has suggested civil recognition of homosexual relationships as an alternative, a notion that runs counter to established Vatican teaching, reports LifeSiteNews.
“I believe that there are ways in which, civil registrations for example, in which gay and lesbian people can have their rights respected and legally protected,” said Archbishop Martin in an interview with the state broadcaster RTÉ.
“There can be ways in which gay people can celebrate their togetherness, their love for one another, but it isn’t marriage,” he added. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that a civil partnership is somewhat of less value than marriage.”
In contrast, the Vatican teaching on the matter is clear and emphatic. The 2003 Vatican document, ordered published by Pope John Paul II and signed by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, states: “When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic law-maker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it.” The document adds, “To vote in favour of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral.”
Anthony Murphy, chairman of Catholics United for the Faith Ireland, told LifeSiteNews.com that the archbishop’s comments are “disturbing.” How is it possible, he asked, “for the Church to ever sanction the celebration of mortal sin which is what homosexual acts are – grave and mortal sin -- so how is it possible to celebrate this act ever?”