Now that Ireland has voted to approve gay marriage, a few thoughts:
1. Catholic Ireland is now Anti-Catholic Ireland-The Irish have always found scapegoats useful as an explanation for Irish failings. Britain long played this role and the Church is now filling this role. This vote, for many of the voters, was a joyous opportunity to give a one finger salute to the faith of their ancestors.
2. Spineless Shepherds-With one or two exceptions, the Irish episcopate was worse than useless. Cowardice was their most notable attribute. Expecting these timeservers to stand up for Catholicism in a hostile environment is like expecting a wolf to become a vegetarian.
3. Pope-MIA-The Pope has endless time to waste on made up problems like global warming, and to make snide remarks about faithful Catholics, but he uttered not a word on this vote. In the current feeble state of the Church in the face of her enemies, the fish does rot from the head down.
4. No Representation-All the major parties in Ireland backed gay marriage, so the 38% of the Irish people who voted against it, a huge block of voters in a proportional parliamentary system like Ireland, effectively have no political voice.
5. Iron Triangle-In Ireland government, academia and entertainment were all overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage. The group think on this issue makes the old Iron Curtain countries seem diverse in comparison.
6. American Money-Endless amounts of money from rich American gays fueled the yes vote campaign. Why? Because of the symbolic importance of having traditional Ireland embrace gay marriage and as a thumb in the eye to the Catholic Church.
7. Hebephilia -It only is bad when priests do it. At least that is the case judging by the lionization of Irish Senator David Norris, the father of Irish gay marriage, who has long supported pederasty, and defended a former “partner” accused of statutory rape. Of course he has called Pope John Paul II an instrument of evil and Pope Benedict a Nazi, so he gets a pass in today’s Ireland.
8. The Enemy Within–Father Martin Dolan received a standing ovation from his Dublin parish when he came out as gay and called for a yes vote on gay marriage. I give him an A for honesty and an F for fidelity to the teachings of the Church. Thus far precisely nothing has been done to this priest by his superiors. The Lavender Mafia within the Church clergy is apparently alive and well.
9. Around the World-Advocates of gay marriage are seizing upon this vote to push for it in other nations including Italy, which will place this issue on the doorstep of the Pope.
10. Only the Beginning-Gay activists will not stop with gay marriage, bank on it. The next step will be to coerce Churches to celebrate gay marriages. This battle will continue until the gay activists are defeated, or until religious freedom is a thing of the past.