Tag Archives: Family

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as Archbishop of Armagh

30am at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima At Mass in Lourdes this morning Archbishop Eamon Martin remembered and acknowledged the faithful in Ireland, and around the world, who are praying, fasting, doing penance and praying novenas for the special intention of marriage and the family, saying, “when […]

Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s pastoral statement Marriage is Important – Think before you vote

My Dear People, In a few days we will be asked to vote in a referendum to change the meaning of marriage in the section of the Constitution of Ireland dealing with ‘The Family’. I am aware that this referendum is a very sensitive issue. I hope that my words will not give offence to […]

Pastoral message by Bishop Phonsie Cullinan Marriage is Important – please think before you change it

Dear Friend, Thank you for the really kind and affectionate welcome you have given me since I arrived in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore just a few weeks ago. Everyone has been so friendly that I feel very much at home. That word ‘home’ is a good way of beginning what I want to […]

Homily of Archbishop Michael Neary in support of Christian view of Marriage

Importance of Marriage Within weeks the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum that will change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution of Ireland. The Church’s position on this is entirely positive: it is against the proposal to redefine marriage. We are not taking a conservative viewpoint or wilfully inhibiting […]

Pastoral Letter on the marriage referendum to the people of Clonfert Diocese by Bishop John Kirby

God created humankind in his image, male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27) By this, you are probably getting a bit tired of talk on the coming referendum on same sex marriage. However, this referendum is coming upon us and it is important that I outline the position of the Catholic Church on Christian […]

Bishop Brendan Kelly: Pastoral Statement on the Marriage Referendum

In May 22, the people of Ireland are being asked to vote in a Referendum to change the definition of Marriage in our Constitution. The change that is proposed will mean that the Irish State and all its laws will not anymore recognise that the union in marriage of a man and a woman is […]

Pastoral Statement of Bishop Ray Browne on the marriage referendum

‘Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it’ (Title of the Pastoral Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference December 2014) A marriage (made up of man and woman) is not the same as the union of two people of the same sex. To distinguish is not to discriminate but to respect differences… (Pope […]

The Meaning of Marriage newsletter for Sunday 10 May 2015

  The Meaning of Marriage newsletter for Sunday 10 May 2015 is now available. Click below to download a PDF version as well as a Jpeg image version: Meaning of Marriage Newsletter Issue 8 for Sunday 10 May 2015

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin address to the Diocesan Communications Officers

 Marriage in the constitution is linked with the family – Archbishop of Dublin Speaking notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin to Diocesan Communications Officers Consultation Day    All Hallows College, Dublin, 6th May 2015   I think that I should begin by saying that I intend to vote No in the upcoming Referendum on Marriage.  […]

‘Marriage is important: Be informed before you vote’ – Statement of Bishop Michael Smith on marriage referendum

Later this month, the people of Ireland are invited to vote on a proposed amendment to the section in the Constitution entitled ‘The Family’. The Constitution belongs to the people of the Nation.  The choice we are asked to make in the Marriage Referendum on 22 May is a decision that only the people can […]

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