· Bishops of Ireland and the referendum on legalizing homosexual unions ·
The Bishops of Ireland are encouraging voters to say “no” to the referendum which would legalize gay marriage, to be held on Friday, 22 May. Bishop Liam MacDaid of Clogher sent a pastoral letter to the faithful of his diocese asking them to vote against homosexual unions. Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel and Emly, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin, Bishop Martin Drennan of Galway and Kilmacduagh, and Bishop John Fleming of Killala also sent similar letters. Bishop MacDaid underlined the need for “rights and responsibilities” and the importance of respect for human rights. However, he said “getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation”, he said. If we have serious reservations about this proposal, the Bishop continued, we have the responsibility to express this to our government.
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