Vatican politician labels Irish vote 'defeat for humanity'

The Vatican’s secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalise gay marriage a “defeat for humanity”.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said he personally was saddened by the landslide decision, in which more than 62% of voters in the Roman Catholic country voted Yes, despite church teaching that marriage is only between a man and woman.

Vatican politician labels Irish vote 'defeat for humanity'

In comments to reporters Cardinal Parolin referred to remarks by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, that the results showed the church needed to take a “reality check”.

Cardinal Parolin said the church needs to acknowledge the reality “but in the sense of reinforcing its commitment to evangelisation”.

He said: “I don’t think you can speak only about a defeat for Christian principles but a defeat for humanity.”


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