Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A page exclusive to men

On yesterday's page three of the Irish Times three men wrote on the  upcoming referendum. Fintan O'Toole and Patsy McGarry wrote in favour of a Yes vote and Diarmuid Martin argued for a No vote.

Below is an extract from McGarry's article.
"Still, it is possible to feel sympathy for the Catholic bishops and the bind they are in. Some of them. Generally, in a pastoral context, they are sensitive to gay people and groups, as are most priests. This also makes sense as few institutions have such a disproportionate number of gay men in their ranks. 
"Such sympathy has to be tempered, however, by a realisation of what the bishops have not told their congregations over recent weeks. They have not told them that they can, in conscience, vote Yes on Friday."

1 comment:

Póló said...

A very interesting point.

I wonder how Vincent Twomey would answer that. I have a feeling he'd say one is obliged in conscience to vote no, but I may be doing him an injustice.

He has a very weird, pre-Vatican II, view of the informed conscience.