Vatican: Irish Vote on Same-Sex Marriage a “Defeat for Humanity”

In response to Ireland’s vote last Friday approving same-sex marriage, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin stated this week that the vote was not a defeat for Christian principles, but rather a “defeat for humanity.”

The people of Ireland approved the measure by a 62% to 38% margin, making Ireland the first nation worldwide to recognize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Recognizing the challenge faced by the Catholic Church by a vote such as this, Cardinal Parolin stated, “The Church must take account of this reality, but in the sense of reinforcing its commitment to evangelization.”

The U.S. faces the prospect of the legalization of same-sex marriage by judicial decree when the U.S. Supreme Court decides a case next month addressing state bans on same-sex marriages. Stay tuned.


Posted: May 29, 2015

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