As you say, Father Seamus Ahearne of Finglas, in affirmation of Archbishop Martin’s need for the church to experience a “reality check” argues, “Religion and the Catholic Church have almost become irrelevant in people’s lives. . . .This pompous, pious, arrogant language we’ve used for so long—it’s wrong. The church has to speak a different language now, reaching into people’s hearts.” But what will this language be? How far is the magisterium willing to go in order to enlighten themselves to the pulse of the people?…take this as an opportunity to engage in what I understand to be a corrective theology by introducing such theologians as Mary Hunt, Margaret Farley, Marvin Ellison, Christine Gudorf and Lisa Isherwood, to name but a few.”

The new language we need to speak is not simply one corrective of sexual morality, but that is a good place to start a theology based on God as Love both Tough and Gentle.

IMG_5296 - catAt this writing, Ireland successfully passed the same-sex marriage referendum which reads, “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.”  It has been 22 years since homosexual acts were decriminalized in Ireland.  Even more astounding is the rapid two-year process from inception to constitutional law for same-sex marriage in Ireland.  This coming from a country where 84% identify as Roman Catholic but less than one-third attend weekly Mass.

While the US Catholic Bishops are vocal about their opposition to same-sex marriage, the Irish magisterium’s strategy, in this case, was less pronounced.  Which is not to say there was no movement by the Irish hierarchy to oppose same-sex marriage. In a pastoral letter to be read at Sunday Mass, Bishop Denis Brennan urged a no-vote on the same-sex referendum saying it would forever change how the institution of marriage is understood.  A…

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