“I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity”, with these words the Vatican’s secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, commented on the Irish “yes” to the legalisation of gay marriage. “I was deeply saddened by the result. The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation”. Ireland became the first country to ask its citizens to decide by a referendum if gay couples could get married. 62,1% of voters were in favour, 37,9% were not.
“As the archbishop of Dublin said – explained the Vatican’s secretary of State at the end of a ceremony in the Palace of the Chancellery – the church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its efforts to evangelise even our culture”.
To the question about how the work of the Synod of Bishops is proceeding regarding the family, he answered: “Family remains in the limelight, and we must do anything to defend, protect and promote it, because family is the only future for humanity and for the Church, taking into account the last events. To hit the family, is to destroy the base of our future”, concluded the secretary.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo