Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year...same old

The legal recognition of marriage reflects the social commitment which husband and wife make for the good of society and for the procreation and education of children.

Archbishop Sean Brady, the Roman Catholic Primate of All Ireland, reminds us that the church have not gone away, (you know). Speaking during his Christmas Eve homily he focussed about the undermining of 'the family'. This is of course the family as interpreted by the RCC. Archbishop Brady spoke in Armagh where civil partnerships for same sex couples are now legal and efforts (if any) of the Catholic Church in restricting rights were not successful. The report of the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution on the family is due for publication later this month and the impact of the church's lobbying efforts will be evident in the majority report. (Whether there will be a minority report remains unclear.) There are many other possibilites for the lobbying to continue.

Meanwhile others are speculating on the meaning and significance of the phrase 'adoption rights' when spoken about with regards to same sex relationship and legal recognition. It seems that the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell, mentioned adoption and immigration issues in his recent statement on the issue for the first time. Given that we do not know the policy of the lesbian and gay lobby on the matter and there has been no consultation by those invovled in lobbying the Minister, we don't know what the Minister means. Will the rights of non biological parents be included? How long is a piece of string?


At 20:16, Blogger Cian said...

On the first, i must say that i too attended mass out of respect for the wishes of family on Christmas day. The sermon was similarly fraught with rants about family and its erosion.
Much of the talk of the catholic church gets viler as it gets older. The screaming more high pitched as people take less notice.
One can only hope for some independence of mind in the dail in coming to terms with issues of gay marriage and possible adoption. I shant hold my breath on that count but attending that mass certainly hammered home the new direction under pope benny.
I shant be returning to the flock any time soon. The trouble is that they get so much airtime unchallenged on their own turf every sunday.


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