Sir, – In the last census 84 per cent of the Irish population claimed they were Roman Catholics. Presumably a vast proportion of these people were among the 62 per cent of the electorate who voted for the marriage referendum. They voted Yes against the explicit instructions of their Catholic bishops. These Catholics were voting in a very conscientious way to allow their lesbian sisters and gay brothers the same right to marriage as that allowed to other citizens, thus explicitly rejecting the arguments of their hierarchical church against gay marriage.
Dr Twomey doesn’t acknowledge the gap that exist between the church and the gay community – a fact recognised by the Catholic primate, Eamon Martin, in a recent interview after the bishops’ summer meeting. He further fails to acknowledge the gulf that continues to grow more deeply and widely between the hierarchy and the Catholic faithful.
He ends his piece in an upbeat mood with “hope for a brighter future for the church and for Ireland”. I agree with only half of his optimism. Yes, there is a brighter hope for the future of Ireland after the historic referendum result. As for a brighter hope for the Catholic Church after its failure to convince its people to reject the referendum – well, that is wishful thinking. – Yours, etc,
A chara, – “The weight of the establishment drowned out the small, still voice of critical reason trying to assert itself”, writes Vincent Twomey. What about the small, still voice of conscience? – Is mise,
Sir, – The Rev Dr Vincent Twomey (“Sentiment subdued reason in marriage referendum”, Opinion & Analysis, June 15th) misses the main reason for the large Yes vote – the continued teaching of the hierarchical church that gay people are “intrinsically disordered”. It is always easier to spot the splinter in someone else’s eye than the plank in your own. – Yours, etc,