The votes have been counted in the formerly Catholic country of Ireland. As reported by the BBC:
The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum.
More than 62% voted in favour of amending the country’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
It is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said it was a “small country with a big message for equality” around the world.
The referendum was held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland.
Do not let this vote pass without serious reflection. The Church has been largely silent from the ambo for years. Catechesis regarding this subject so often veers between pathetic to non-existent to even complicitous.
Our contemporary culture, not just in Ireland but all of western society, has no understanding of what marriage means anymore. Now it is just legally “going steady” with whatever warm blooded mammal one wishes to identify as their soul mate, or possibly several soul mates if polygamy suits ones fancy.
For those claiming to be Christian: continue to cohabitate, continue to contracept, continue to divorce, and continue to abort. The collapse of marriage and the family have created a void which has been filled by the marriage “equality” movement.
For those claiming to be Christian who celebrate today’s vote in Ireland: continue to make up the meaning of marriage as you go along; if you bother to define it at all. But by all means, celebrate. Your destruction of marriage, at least in Ireland, is complete.
Those who profess to be Catholic have also failed miserably. We either do not understand our own faith, or we are unable to clearly and coherently explain the meaning and purpose of marriage.
When the historically Catholic Ireland, whose priests helped to spread Catholicism throughout Europe and the United States in centuries past, equates sodomy with marriage, our fire and brimstone alarms better be going off (see Genesis 19).
The Irish have sounded the alarm. It’s time to wake up. The question is, are you Lot or his wife?
Brian Williams is a convert who entered the Catholic Church in 2006. He is a graduate of Long Beach State University with a BA in History. Brian blogs on life, liturgy and the pursuit of holiness at liturgyguy.com. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and five children.
“Now it is just legally “going steady” with whatever warm blooded mammal one wishes to identify as their soul mate”
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Ireland is part of Europe. Europe is dying. Ireland just confirmed they are going to wholeheartedly participate in Europe’s suicide.
As far as fire and brimstone alarms being triggered, let’s not overlook the beatification of Oscar Romero: opposed by Cardinal Trujillo, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, but hailed by Barack Obama and his chaplain, Pope Francis.
Next up for the Halo Award: the Red Archbishop, Helder Camara, enemy of the Faith. How much longer can this go on?
The truth that the institution of marriage was created by God has been lost by Catholics for decades, as has the truth of what Christ said about divorce and more importantly, the entire purpose of human life-to love, worship, and serve God.
The Modernist/Humanistic ideologies that replaced the true teachings of Christ in Vatican II have served to enable the destruction of marriage, the family as a man and woman unified into one flesh, open to new life, and to serve together as a reflection of the Trinity and of God’s ultimate love of man, there will be an eventual destruction of all of the dignity of the human being which we know is already under attack in the wider acceptance of euthanasia, assisted suicide, the creation of children for homosexuals, and a global interference in silencing anyone who dares stand up for God’s truths.
Ireland’s fate is sealed.
Substitute America with Ireland.
Ireland was lost a long time ago. The only thing that has kept us going here in the states has been evangelical protestants and conservative Catholics. Today, camping at my favorite fishing hole over the Memorial Day weekend, I heard the song “I’ve Got a Girl Crush.” It was sung by a female. And, this is the number one song on CW radio. Now, I ask you, in truth, would you even imagine this just, let’s say, ten years ago? But this supposed sudden juggernaut is actually a decades old sustained propaganda campaign. I graduated high school in 1975. In gym class we were forced to watch films of both gay and lesbian couples and this was before anything called sex-ed. We, you, me, us, the Church, played tiddlywinks and watched it all happen before our very eyes because it’s easier to ignore something than stand up and fight for an unpopular and inconvenient truth. Now, many of our children and grandchildren are gay and lesbian. We can only blame ourselves. May God forgive us. What happens next is anybody’s guess. But, we were warned time and again. We’re all like kids playing with matches. Still, as Cardinal George warned us, we can expect no less than our own Via Dolorosa. Stay strong.
My uncle was the most popular priest from America with the Irish people. He died last year and would have had his heart broken to see what the Irish have now accepted as marriage. How far they have fallen in the past 20 years! May the Lord bring them back to their senses soon. It may take a great tribulation to accomplish that but God’s will be done.
The land of my blood, once a bulwark of Roman Catholicism, has desecrated the very soil from which the blood of the martyrs cries out in bitter lamentation.
Many, some in my own Catholic family, look upon this as a wonderful example of evolving Christian mercy and tolerance–a most positive development to be celebrated. When I take issue with it I am accused of being 700 years behind the times. And how is the Catholic Church responding to Irish situation? Pope Francis please speak up.
Hello! Fire and brimstone alarms should have gone off way before Ireland. Where was the voice of the bishops in Massachusetts, the most Catholic state in the country, when they were the first to legalize same sex ‘marriage’? Where was Cardinal Dolan and his bishop when Andrew Cuomo, the “good Catholic” was promoting same sex marriage in New York? Please do not think Ireland is the sign for our times. It’s been happening here one state at a time. Most states, however, did not vote for same sex ‘marriage’ but it was instituted on the people through judicial tyranny but even then, where were the bishops editorials and public speaking engagements? Where were they? Usually kissing the feet of a democrat for more of our tax dollars for their welfare…oh ‘charity’ programs.
The LORD’s Apostles tell us why God delays:
Sorry, but in 2010, when Willie Walsh, former bishop of Killaloe, gave a post-retirement interview and told the Irish Times that women ought to be ordained, that there shouldn’t be a problem with same-sex unions, and then capped it by saying he didn’t believe in “the afterlife”…
there was a huge uproa… oh wait… no it was…
And Bishop Willie is still a bishop in good standing in the Church because if Kasper, why not anyone?
Oh, and there was the little teeny, weeny matter of the whole legalising the murder of unborn children last year…
not a lot of outrage then.