Irish Bishop's Gay Marriage Article Is Causing Controversy

Irish Bishop's Gay Marriage Article Is Causing Controversy

The Rev. Vincent Twomey has penned an article in the Irish Times, giving his earnest assessment of the gay marriage debate.

As one can guess by the presence of the word Rev before his name, he holds a certain viewpoint on the issue.

His contention is that the Irish people (or at least the 62% of the electorate who voted Yes) let the heart rule the head when they ratified gay marriage.

Controversially, he says, in a rather matter of fact fashion, that the No side won the debates.

The spokespersons of the No campaign won the public debates. They had reason on their side, the bedrock of society. But they failed to touch the hearts of the electorate.

Ironically, he blamed the failings inherent in Irish Catholicism for securing the Yes vote. Irish Catholicism's besetting weakness is the 'conformism' which it engenders. He contends that it was this conformism combined with the usual 'post-colonial inferiority complex (which has left us with a pathetic yearning to please and impress outsiders) which delivered the majority for the Yes side.

Twomey's column has provoked an unsurprisingly hostile reaction on social media. His placing of the word 'gay' inside inverted commas has generated the most bemusement.


Conor Neville
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