Bridget Mary's Response: The Irish are leading the social revolution for gay rights by approving marriage equality. Their vote affirms everyone's holy union. It is a victory for humanity, and an affirmation of justice, compassion and equality.
The Vatican is on the wrong side of history again. Cardinal Pierlene's statement that the Irish vote supporting gay marriage as a "defeat for humanity,"reflects the Vatican's failure to understand that the spiritual equality and human rights of LGBT persons is the main moral issue in marriage equality.
Perhaps, it is the young adults in Ireland who are leading the Catholic Church forward at this time in history. The values of Gospel living and loving are lessons they have obviously learned well.
In the words of an old song : "It's a great day for the Irish and I am proud of my homeland!" Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
Mary Hunt's excellent analysis: http://religiondispatches.org/did-ireland-just-bury-the-catholic-church/
The photo on the front page of the Washington Post said it all on the day after Ireland’s landmark same-sex marriage referendum. Two elderly Carmelite nuns in full habits were pictured leaving their polling place in Malahide, not far from Dublin. The caption read: “Roman Catholic leaders have led the opposition, but opinion polls signaled approval.”
"But the Irish referendum means that a top-down, clergy-heavy model of church heard its death knell in Dublin. As it reverberates around the world the Gospel message might get a little more airtime. As the Irish say, it will make a glass eye cry—with joy."
Vatican Gloom and Doom View on Irish Referendum Approving Gay Marriage