A senior Vatican official, seen as second only to the pope, has gone on the attack against Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum results saying it shows ‘the church must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation’ and that it was a “defeat for humanity.”
“I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.”
62% of voters said ‘Yes’ to changing Ireland’s constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, making Ireland the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.
In contrast to Cardinal Parolin’s assessment of the referendum, archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, said: “It is very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people … [then the church needs] a reality check.”