Vatican calls Irish same-sex marriage ‘defeat for humanity’

A senior Vatican official describes the legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland a ‘defeat for humanity’

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A senior Vatican official has criticised the result of a recent referendum in Ireland over legalising same-sex marriage a “defeat for humanity,” after 62 per cent of voters voted in favour of the amendment.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state said “I was deeply saddened by the result,” in Rome on Tuesday night.

Parolin added “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.”

Pope Francis has not commented on the referendum but in 2013 when asked about the attitudes of the Catholic Church he said: "If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?"