Outcome of Ireland’s Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Could Destroy Family and Society

irishflagThe fate of traditional marriage hangs in the balance as voters go to the polls on Friday, May 22 for a referendum on “marriage equality.” If passed by popular vote, the measure will legalize same-sex marriage and threaten traditional marriages and families. Gay marriage advocates strategically pushed the same-sex marriage agenda using on a widely-hailed study published by California professors, which has now been retracted due to fake data.

“It would be a tragedy now if Ireland were to choose a path which ultimately brings about destruction of the family and society,” said Fr. West, vice president of missions for Human Life International. “God’s plan for marriage and family does not include the approval of same-sex unions,” he said, explaining that voting for such measures puts Catholics in direct conflict with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

It has been reported that many believe God will send a sudden divine chastisement to show his displeasure over the same-sex marriage referendum due to the message from an appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Knock, Ireland in 1879. The manifestation is considered Ireland’s reward for the people’s strong fidelity to family life after centuries of persecution, and an encouragement for the Irish faithful to persevere against the Culture of Death.

“Supporters of same-sex marriage agenda scoff at such predictions, but in truth these matters are up to God. It is more likely that the denigration of marriage and family life will lead to a deterioration of society, a growing coarseness, and lack of solidarity,” said Fr. West.

But no matter what the voters decide, Fr. West said, marriage will always be a union between one man and one woman committed for life and open to the transmission of human life made in the image and likeness of God, a point recently affirmed by Pope Francis: “Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: the man and the woman who love each other.”

The dire situation in Ireland begs of the world’s faithful to pray and fast, said Patrick McCrystal, director of HLI Ireland. The Irish have already embraced contraception, abortifacients, divorce, abortion, pornography, secular sex education, and possibly this week, the redefinition of marriage.

“All other arguments aside, this “marriage” referendum vote is about whether or not the Irish people accept God’s law.” He said Ireland’s constitution will incorporate the marriage equality wording if same-sex marriage is legalized, referring to an online resource, Who Am I to Judge, to provide key information that is often omitted from discussions about homosexuality and its impact on society.

HLI Ireland supporters have planned events on the eve of the marriage referendum, said Mr. McCrystal, including fasting on only bread and water and praying to uphold God’s plan for marriage. Otherwise, he added, simply skip one meal for this same intention. Additionally, all-night vigils have been planned in ten different locations.

Though polls currently show that approximately 75% of Irish support the so-called same-sex marriage, but the polls could be wrong, said Fr. West.

He encourages all to pray for Ireland to be faithful to the Catholic faith brought to that land by St. Patrick:

“Let us pray to our Lady of Knock, that she may touch the hearts of the Irish people and that they will persevere in their fidelity to God’s plan for marriage and family life and thus preserve their nation.”

  • ravian

    +J.M.J.
    Thanks for your article. Ireland is supposed to be “the land of saints and scholars,” and in her earthly life, my Irish grandmother was all about getting to Mass, praying the Rosary, studying the lives of the saints (she kept two nice Lives of the Saints books in her living room endtable drawer), splashing us with holy water, watching Archbishop Fulton Sheen on television (while exclaiming “Oh, isn’t that lovely!”) and she kept a “Mother of Perpetual Help” picture in her hallway.
    In caritate Christi,
    Mrs. Richard Avian (Carol Avian)

    • Krista Thomas

      Thank you for your encouraging and kind words, Mrs. Avian. We must walk ahead in faith bringing the Gospel of Life to all peoples. How heartwarming to hear of yesteryear when Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a wonderful model of encouragement. May God continue to bless us and lift us up in these trying times.

    • prolifemama

      God bless your good grandmother and her glowing, faith-filled example! And His blessings on you for sharing her with us.

  • Dr_Spence

    “Gay marriage advocates strategically pushed the same-sex marriage agenda using on a widely-hailed study published by California professors, which has now been retracted due to fake data.”

    This study was rightly retracted but, as it was about the potential speed of mind-changing to support gay marriage, I don’t see its relevance to your argument. The referendum is about the civil right of homosexuals to marry and has nothing to do with your god.

    • Krista Thomas

      Statement on the Irish referendum on the redefinition of marriage from Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International:
      “Today the Irish people have chosen decay and decline. This decision will not bring peace or progress, but will bring, as we have seen around the rest of the so-called developed world, more internal division and the abandonment of religious freedom and other basic rights. There is no sustainable peace for those who reject God’s law, and the effect on the traditionally Catholic nation of Ireland will be severe. We pray with our Irish brothers and sisters that this error will be reversed, and that the Church will again take up its true leadership role and unequivocally and prophetically tell the truth about God’s plan for marriage, the family and a flourishing, peaceful society.”

  • prolifemama

    @Haywood Jablome and @maccamcfc – Vote all you like. The Truth is, was, and will be.
    You cannot change it by any referendum. And you cannot avoid the consequences of such acts.

    Marriage is what it is. It will always be thus. It cannot ever be what you would try to make it. For its Author will not let that be so.

  • prolifemama

    @Rick L. – God chose for Christ to perform His first miracle at a wedding, thus sanctifying the bond between husband and wife, making it a sacrament.

    Far from Jesus’ “only involvement,” marriage is, as St. Paul reveals,

    32 ….. “a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.”

    …because

    31 “For this reason a man shall leave [his] father and [his] mother
    and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

    You may wish to take some time to silently reflect on this Truth.

  • prolifemama

    This Book does indeed contain much that is horrifying.

  • prolifemama

    The Church is suffering grievously because Her children are ill.

    But when the bottle of poison is adorned so beautifully with filigree and gems, it is difficult to resist, though its contents are known to be deadly.

  • Minha

    No sound REASONING behind the so-called MARRIAGE. Science has proven the reason for MAN-WOMAN marriage and the existence of humanity. IGNORANCE in this date and age of so much information AVAILABLE TO ALL?
    Unbelievable!