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In fairness, it must be pointed out that quite a large number of prominent lay Catholics and Priests supported the yes side including the last President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, who has studied in the Vatican and holds a doctorate in Canon Law. She spoke as a mother in support of her gay son who my kids know slightly (Ireland is a small country). The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, was clearly conflicted on the issue, and had to be bullied into line with all the other Bishops by extreme lay catholics in the media and pressure groups... As a result, he has probably lost much respect on both sides...

Pope Francis may wrong-foot them all by changing official dogma if he is not assassinated first... Protestant Clergy were also to be found on both sides, but I suspect more on the YES side. although Northern prods are generally more conservative and evangelical - generally to the embarrassment of their southern brethren.  It will be interesting to see if some or all the Catholic Priests who either came out or supported the YES side (or both) will end up being disciplined.   I suspect not as the Bishops have lost almost all moral authority.

See aso my LTE:
McAleese and church stance on gays

Sir, - Fr Patrick McCafferty (January 15th) states, "The church unequivocally proclaims the message of the Gospel " and goes on to quote twice from Romans in support of his argument concerning homosexuality and church teaching. As he is no doubt aware, Romans is not, in fact, a gospel. Why is it that the opponents of gay rights generally quote St Paul rather than Jesus? Could it be because Jesus never actually condemned homosexuality, and indeed healed the centurion's sick pais (male servant/lover)? - Yours, etc,


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