Reality Check for the Churches?

AFTER the Equal Marriage Referendum the Irish Republic in May 2015 showed that over 60% of voters were in favour of extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin suggested that the Church needed to undertake a “reality check”. He later explained: “A reality check is nothing more than discerning the facts in all their complexity and then facing the facts and evaluating how to address the facts in a culture that is ever changing.”

We asked the following contributors to tell us “What are the facts or factors you consider most important for the proposed reality check for the Churches?” They replied as follows:

Kenneth Kearon, Charlotte Olhausen, Linda Hogan, Philip McKinley, Geraldine Moane, Anne Thurstoand, and Ása Björk Ólafsdóttir offer answers to the question.