Brendan Butler interviewed by Miriam on SOULWAVES 30 July 2015
Pro-Gay Faith groups have met Dr Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. Archbishop Eamon Martin, along with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, is to represent the Irish Bishops at the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome in October.
Jim O’Crowley, a gay Catholic, shared with Archbishop Martin the experiences and views of gay Catholics and their families. Brendan Butler of We are Church Ireland explained to the Archbishop “if the Catholic Church is to regain credibility not only with the gay and lesbian community but also with the wider Catholic community then existing Catholic teaching needs to change”.
He drew attention to Paragraph 3 of the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the pastoral care of homosexual persons’ (CDF,1986) as morally offensive as it describes homosexual orientation as an objective disorder and ordered towards an intrinsic moral evil’. The pro-gay faith delegation requested Archbishop Martin to consider this issue during his discussions at the Synod of Bishops in Rome. Brendan Butler explained more to Miriam Gormally.