Vote on whether to allow same-sex-couples to legally marry in Irish Republic to be held mid-2015

The Guardian reports that government of the Republic of Ireland is to hold a referendum in mid-2015 on whether to allow same-sex marriage. This year the country’s constitutional convention recommended changes to allow same-sex couples to marry and have the same legal rights as the rest of the population. Dr Richard O’Leary, the chairperson of […]

Gay Church of Ireland minister attacks hypocrisy on inclusion

A Church of Ireland minister who has a same-sex partner has accused the Archbishop of Dublin and Glendalough of “cherry-picking” which issues of inclusion he supports. Tom Gordon, the dean of Leighlin, who entered into a civil partnership two years ago, was responding to Archbishop Michael Jackson’s criticism of “sectarianism” and exclusionary behaviour within the […]

Ireland – Bishop of Cork’s Diocesan Synod Address

Bishop poses Question to the Church about its Pastoral and Liturgical Response for its Members who enter Civil Partnerships Speaking at the Diocesan Synod of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the Charleville Park Hotel in Charleville, Co. Cork on Saturday 11th June 2011, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Bishop Paul Colton, noted that […]

On not being present at the Primate’s meeting

I’m going to be absent from the Primate’s meeting in Dublin. Will my presence be missed? Not in the same way as the absence of about a quarter of the Primates themselves. I was present in Dar Es Salaam with Davis Ma-Iyalla, Caro Hall and Scott Gunn, a number of international journalists and lobbyists and […]

Evangelical Alliance in Ireland Supports Civil Unions Bill

Lifesitenews Evangelical Alliance Ireland has issued a statement saying, “The government is seeking to legislate for greater justice and fairness for co-habiting couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. As Christians we should support that stance.” The Alliance said that the bill “does not directly challenge the traditional understandings of marriage in Ireland.” “Same-sex couples are […]

IDAHO Day services held in cathedrals at Cork and Dublin

Bishop of Cork Takes Part in IDAHO DAY Service at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork The Bishop of Cork, the Rt. Revd. Paul Colton took part in the IDAHO DAY service at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral Cork last Sunday (17th May) to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, which was arranged by the Christian pro-gay […]

Changing Attitude attacked in Church of Ireland General Synod speech

Dermot O’Callaghan made a speech to the General Synod of the Church of Ireland which took place in the Radisson SAS Hotel, Galway from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th May. Dermot has been a Synod member for over thirty years. His report on the Anglican Mainstream web site says that his speech was greeted with […]

Church of Ireland Ought not respond to Anglican Controversy by Erecting Walls of Exclusion

Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross Press Release Gay people are tantamount to scapegoats in the current Anglican row. No point in next Lambeth conference unless all Bishops are invited. “Anglicanism runs the risk of becoming something wholly unattractive and unrecognisable to those who are drawn strongly to its sometimes exasperating breadth, untidiness and inclusiveness,” […]

New bishop of Cashel and Ossory supports same-sex unions

Michael Burrows, the Dean of Cork in the Church of Ireland, has been appointed Bishop of Cashel and Ossory. Michael Burrows is on the theologically liberal wing of the Church of Ireland. At General Synod 2005, he stated that he regularly gives Holy Communion to parishioners in long-standing homosexual relationships. He claimed that it was […]