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Irish Catholic Church Severs Ties With Adoption Agency Following New Inclusive Policies


The Irish Catholic Church is severing its ties with the Family Care Society of Northern Ireland, an adoption agency that the Church itself played a major role in founding. The Church’s decision comes after recent legislation allowing same-sex and unmarried couples to apply to become adoptive parents. Laws prohibiting gay parents from adopting were repealed in 2012 and subsequently challenged by Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s previous health minister. Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeals dismissed Poots’s appeal after finding that his case was without legal merit.

“It is unreasonable for legislators to oblige faith-based organizations to act against their fundamental and reasonable religious beliefs in the provision of services that contribute to the common good,” the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland said in a statement late last week. “Since the provision of adoption services in Northern Ireland now also involves acting against the Church's teaching and ethos, we too have no option but to end the long established relationship between the Church and The Family Care Society NI.”

More concerned with the well-being of Ireland’s population of family-less children, Family Care has assured the public that it will welcome any and all applications from couples interested in adopting in accordance with the law.

“We look forward to continuing a dialogue with the Northern Bishops over the coming months about the decision they have found it necessary to take,” Family Care responded in a swiftly issued statement. “[S]upport from the Bishops has greatly assisted FCS in the past, particularly in providing services to adults who were adopted, fostered or raised in a Catholic children's home. Providing vital adoption and support services needed by children and families has always been our focus and will remain so.”

The Gay Sex Lives Of Irish Catholic Priests Are Exposed, Including Visits To Gay Bars

Thirty-Three Good Men

A new book by former seminarian Dr John Weafer has revealed that there is a strong gay scene among priests in the Irish Catholic Church, reports the Independent.

Thirty-Three Good Men: Celibacy, Obedience and Identity analyses priests' views on sexuality based on a series of interviews conducted by Weafer, who is now married with children.

One of the interviewees, identified as “Fr L”, reveals that it was only after he was ordained in the 1990s that he ended up having sex with another priest.

After "fumbling around" with another priest, Fr L "discovered a strong clerical gay scene in Ireland.” He added that there are "quite a lot of gay guys in the priesthood" and on one occasion he recognized at least nine priests when he visited a gay bar in Ireland.

According to Weafer, the church hierarchy in Ireland would not be shocked by such revelations because there is an awareness of what is going on. He claims that “as long as priests don't go public and don't flaunt those actions that don't correspond with being a celibate priest" the church turns a blind eye.

Pope Francis recently came under attack from conservative bishops following attempts to introduce language to Catholic doctrine that is more accepting of gay people.

Ireland is expected to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage early next year

Last year, Italian news outlets claimed to have uncovered a hook-up site for gay priests.

Yesterday, Catholic bishops released a document explaining the church’s opposition to extending marriage rights to gay couples

Irish Catholic Bishops Release Manifesto Opposing Same-Sex Marriage


In preparation for an expected referendum on same-sex marriage early next year, the Catholic Church in Ireland has issued a 16-page statement warning that gay marriage would be a “grave injustice,” reports The Journal.

“The Meaning of Marriage,” issued by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, aims to inform Catholics “in preparation for the debate which will inevitably unfold during the coming referendum.”

The document argues that “marriage provides for the continuation of the human race and the development of human society” and to extend marriage rights to gay couples would “undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.”

Safe_imageIgnoring single and LGBT parents, it states “children have a natural right to a mother and a father.”

At the launch of the document yesterday, unmarried celibate Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said:

“Marriage is, of its nature, a committed relationship between a man and woman which is open to the transmission of life.”

Speaking at a conference organized by anti-gay Catholic activist group the Iona Institute, Doran claimed that the church’s opposition to gay marriage is “not about homosexuality or the gay lifestyle, it is about the meaning of marriage.” Bock the Robber provides an excellent investiagtion into the Iona institute here.

Earlier this week, Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny visited a gay bar in Dublin to support his party's LGBT group.

Watch Armagayddon, a video about the potential absolute horror of marriage equality reaching Ireland, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Prime Minister Visits Gay Bar For LGBT Christmas Party


Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny attended an event last night in a gay bar in Dublin, reports the Irish Independent.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c70e8bfa970b-800wiKenny showed up at Pantibar - which is owned by LGBT activist Panti Bliss - for Christmas drinks for his party’s LGBT group.

Kenny is leader of conservatives Fine Gael and has in the past been reluctant to state his position on the issue of same-sex marriage. However, he told Gay and Lesbian Equality Network director Brian Sheehan that he would be campaigning for a referendum on the issue to be passed. The referendum is expected to take place in early 2015.

The chairman of Fine Gael LGBT said the Taoiseach dropped in to show his support for the LGBT group and recognize its work on the gender recognition bill, the family relationship legislation and the same-sex marriage referendum. Panti Bliss herself tweeted out the above picture of Kenny with the caption: "So there's An Taoiseach (for the foreigners, that's the Prime Minister of Ireland) in Pantibar."

Irish Bishop Says Opposition to Marriage Equality Has Nothing to Do With 'The Gay Lifestyle' - VIDEO


Irish bishop Kevin Doran has said that his opposition to same-sex marriage is “not about homosexuality or the gay lifestyle, it is about the meaning of marriage”, reports the Irish Times.

Iona Institute

Doran, the bishop of Elphin since July and Secretary General of the Eucharistic Congress 2012, made his comments during a talk organized by anti-gay activist group the Iona Institute on “Marriage and the Common Good.” Members of the Iona Institute sued state broadcaster RTE earlier this year after drag performer Panti Bliss accused them of homophobia.

Doran, an unmarried celibate, warned the Irish government that legalizing same-sex marriage would remove “the unique relationship between marriage and procreation.”

Opening what is likely to be an unpleasant debate with a hysterical suggestion that marriage equality will lead to people marrying their pet hamsters, Doran said:

“Since [procreation] is probably the principal reason for the State to have any interest in regulating marriage ... why bother regulating it at all? One might even ask, why in that case would the State restrict marriage to two people? What, in the final analysis, is the difference between a ‘sexual friendship’ (in which the State has no interest) and a marriage?”

Ignoring the realities of day-to-day life and insulting same-sex families into the bargain, he added:

“As they mature, children benefit from the love and care of both mother and father, and from their parents’ committed and exclusive love for each other. Unlike friendships, which vary in kind and degree and formality, marriage ... has enough objective structure, apart from the spouses’ preferences, to be legally regulated.”

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A referendum on same-sex marriage is expected in Ireland early next year.  Doran’s comments are likely to be seen as an opening salvo in the Catholic church’s opposition.

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Thousands Register To Vote Ahead Of Irish Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage - VIDEO


Following a drive supported by Colin Farrell, comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain and Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny, thousands of people have registered to vote in Ireland ahead of the country’s expected referendum on same-sex marriage, reports Pink News.

Yes Equality, a joint effort by various groups, was set up to encourage young and disenfranchised people to register to vote amid fears that voter apathy and vocal religious groups could combine to see the referendum - expected in early 2015 - rejected.

A campaign by the Union of Students in Ireland estimated that an extra 20,000 students have since registered to vote.

Although the deadline for registration passed on Tuesday, there will be another chance to register for the referendum nearer the time.

Tiernan Brady of Yes Equality said:

Brady“The response from people right across the country has been amazing. Tens of thousands have registered to vote and thousands more have joined Yes Equality. The positive reaction bodes well for turnout at the upcoming referendum on civil marriage equality in 2015.

“But registering to vote is only the first step. Next year will be a once-in-a-generation moment. The critical decisions about our futures are made by those who not only are registered, but who make their voices heard on polling day.

“There will be a further opportunity to register to vote once the date of the referendum is called.

“Between now and then, it is up to the tens of thousands of people energised by our voter initiative to begin the conversation with friends, families and loved ones as to why making their voices heard on polling day is so important.”

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