Irish Bishops’ threat over non-signing of civil wedding forms

Apr 13, 2015 by

By Declan Brennan, Irish Times: Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples. The move would mean the tens of thousands of couples who get married in Catholic churches each year would have to go elsewhere to have their marriage legally recognised by the State. At present, the signing of the Marriage Registration Form – a civil document required by the State in order to recognise a...

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Same-sex marriage: referendum campaigns ready for the off

Apr 12, 2015 by

by Fiach Kelly, Irish Times: Relaxing on a bench in the late afternoon sun, Marguerite Morgan brings the outcome of next month’s referendum on same-sex marriage as close as she can to home: to her son in front of her, making a mess of his ice cream. Morgan, who is from the Naul, in north Co Dublin, keeps a watchful eye on her son and his friend while also making sure that her daughter, silent in her buggy, is happy. She had hoped to sit near the grass and tree outside the nearby Séamus Ennis...

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Church of Ireland Bishop supports ‘yes’ vote in upcoming same-sex marriage referendum

Apr 12, 2015 by

By Sylvia Tan, GayStar News: Church of Ireland bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Michael Burrows reiterated his support for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on May 22. The Church of Ireland is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. He was speaking at the Marriage Equality: The Religious Case for a Yes Vote on Saturday which was hosted by Faith in Marriage Equality at the school of ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, The Irish Times reported. Referring to gay rights as...

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Islam vs liberalism: the classroom’s silent culture war

Apr 10, 2015 by

by Frank Furedi, Spiked: Last weekend’s National Union of Teachers conference confirmed that schooling, subject to conflicting ideological and cultural pressures, has lost any sense of common purpose. It has also lost a sense of what it is to socialise children. Indeed, if the motions debated at the NUT conference reflect wider trends in teaching, it seems socialisation has turned into a caricature of itself. Take two of the motions debated and passed at the NUT conference. The first asserted...

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Church of England should be made to allow gay clergy to marry – bishop

Apr 10, 2015 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, urges politicians to intervene to end what he said is a ‘manifest injustice’. The Church of England should be forced to drop its ban on gay clergy marrying their partners, a bishop has said. The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, urged politicians to intervene to end what he said was a “manifest injustice” against clerics who he said had suffered “harassment and victimisation”. He raised the issue...

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‘A Bonhoeffer moment’: Evangelical leaders vow civil disobedience if Supreme Court redefines marriag...

Apr 8, 2015 by

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite: Dozens of Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent, as they did following the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage. The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor same-sex “marriages” contracted in states that have voted – or, more likely,...

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