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Strange talk by Bishop Kevin Doran on Referendum

Comment:  I don’t know how this reads to anyone else, particularly to gay people, but to me it seems extraordinarily patronising, especially the questions and answers.

And what exactly does he mean by the last question and answer?  Strange, to say the least!

‘No obstacle’ to gays marrying, just not each other, says bishop

Yes side ‘not actually looking for marriage equality’ says Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran 

 The Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said: “Part of the challenge for us as a society, of course, is that we (and that includes many practising Catholics) have to a greater or lesser extent given up on the idea that sexual intercourse and an openness to procreation are essentially linked. That makes it more difficult to get our heads around why there might be any problem about changing the meaning of marriage.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish TimesThe Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said: “Part of the challenge for us as a society, of course, is that we (and that includes many practising Catholics) have to a greater or lesser extent given up on the idea that sexual intercourse and an openness to procreation are essentially linked.

Justice in the World: Justice in the Church

I must give credit for the substance of this article to a wonderful book recently published by Donal Dorr, Option for the Poor and for the Earth. One chapter in the book deals with the Synod of Bishops in 1971, which has the distinction of being the only synod since their introduction at the Second Vatican Council which had the freedom to write its own report. Since then the reports have always been written after the event by the Pope, a policy which gradually made Synods of Bishops into a meaningless exercise.

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