Bishop speaks out on same sex referendum

Bishop Francis Duffy. Photo: Shelley Corcoran
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois Francis Duffy believes changing the Constitution in favour of same sex marriage will “undo the uniqueness” it represents, writes Liam Cosgrove.

Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois Francis Duffy believes changing the Constitution in favour of same sex marriage will “undo the uniqueness” it represents, writes Liam Cosgrove.

In a statement carried in last week’s parish newsletter, Bishop Duffy called on people to be mindful of the consequences a yes vote could bring.

“Marriage matters because it is about the unique relationship between a man and a woman,” he said.

“To change the meaning of marriage will undo the uniqueness that marriage represents and that it celebrates.”

His remarks followed warnings made by Archbishop Eamon Martin that priests may refuse to conduct the civil part of a wedding ceremony if the referendum is carried.

He said the Church would examine, should a yes vote be passed, if it could “continue to stand over” ministers being involved in civil ceremonies.