Other journalists have been busy analysing why 'Ireland said yes to gay marriage and no to Catholicism', which was the title for Tim Stanley's article that admirably captures the mood of post-Catholic Ireland. I would go deeper still and say that Ireland said 'no' to Christian tradition. A point that scarcely gets made is that when tens of thousands of Irish stopped practising as Catholics, they did not en masse turn to any other Christian denomination, or even ad hoc Christian worship, and the influence of the Gospels waned in Irish life. The passing of gay marriage into Irish law shows that the power and influence that once was wielded by the Church, is now wielded by the forces of secularism.
|Yes supporters celebrate outside Dublin Castle, May 2015|