Over the weekend I wrote a fairly long post about the Irish marriage equality amendment, that was, essentially, an extended touchdown dance about how the most Catholic country in Europe (by percentage of the population, anyway) became the first country to vote for marriage equality. Then I deleted it, because it seemed a bit gloat-y.
And then I read this in The Guardian: “Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is ‘defeat for humanity”
Well, at least they’re not overselling it. Take it away, Secretary of State:
“I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.”
This is pretty similar to what the Archbishop of Dublin said after the vote about the Church’s need to reach out to the younger generation. In my deleted post, I pointed out that church leaders’ efforts to reach out to the younger generation were precisely why people no longer take the Church seriously on matters of morality, but what can you do?
Come on, Cool Pope! Your secretary of state just said that allowing the gays to have legal rights equal to straights was, somehow, a failure for all humanity, and not just the ones who believe in your particular slice of Christianity. Where’s the “who am I to judge” moment now? You have to show some leadership here and bring your Church into the 21st century. There are a lot of pretty retrograde messages coming out of your leadership these days. I mean, it’s not quite as bad as that one asshole (whoever he was) saying that gay marriage was a “a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God,” but it’s still pretty bad.