Statement on the Irish Referendum on the Redefinition of Marriage

Statement on the Irish Referendum on the Redefinition of Marriage

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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.”


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Fr. Shenan J. Boquet
Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries, offering the Sacraments, giving seminars and trainings, appearing on numerous media outlets, and encouraging people of all walks of life to live as faithful advocates for a Culture of Life and Love. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing


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    Heather May 23, 2015 at 9:08 PM - Reply

    Amen. I’m sure many of those voted no are feeling great sorrow for their country. I know , even as an American ,I am.

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    Dante Manreal May 23, 2015 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    Another victory for the Culture of Death.

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    nowaRINO May 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    If Ireland was so traditionally Roman Catholic they would have obeyed the priests. That is not happening anymore.

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    Douglas E. Berry May 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    It’s the exact same thing. Back in the fifties and sixties the people defending anti-miscegenation laws made the exact same claims. The invoked the Bible and God’s law. They claimed that allowed people of different races to marry would devalue and destroy marriage. And the most hysterical predicted that Loving v. Virginia would destroy the nation.

    The same arguments were also used to oppose allowing Catholics to immigrate. Same argument, just change the target of hate.

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    Michael Day June 1, 2015 at 9:34 AM - Reply

    No God. No peace.

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    Michael Day June 1, 2015 at 9:36 AM - Reply

    This is all part of the Great Apostasy heralding the Day of the Lord. Rejoice that His coming again draws nigh! The chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.

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      Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM - Reply

      You do realize that people have been saying this for 2,000 years and it has never happened, right?

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        Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 3:29 PM - Reply

        2 Peter 3:3-4, “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

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          Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM - Reply

          “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.“ (Matthew 16: 27, 28)

          “Behold, I have told you in advance. So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.

          But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

          Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.“ (Matthew 24: 25-34)

          In these passages Jesus is explicit about his return. He said that he would return riding the clouds with angels to judge the world and that with the sound of a trumpet he would send his angels to gather his chosen ones from the Earth. This would be no secret, invisible or “spiritual” event. Instead, the whole world would see him in the sky just the whole world sees the light of the sun. This was to happen some time during the generation of those to whom he was speaking. To make it clear to his listeners that this event would not be in the distant future, he told them that some of them who were there listening to him would still be alive to see it.

          “But Jesus kept silent and the high priest said to Him, “I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.“” (Matthew 26: 63, 64)

          This passage is from the story of Jesus’ trial. Jesus tells the high priest that he would see him return riding on the clouds. Judaism hasn’t had a priestly class since 70CE.

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 3:41 PM

            2 Peter 3:5-6

            5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God,6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.

            2 Thessalonians 1:9

            They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 3:45 PM

            Matthew 4:1-11

            4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

            4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’

            5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

            ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’


            ‘In their hands they shall bear you up,
            Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

            7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”

            8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

            10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

            11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 3:50 PM

            Ah, faced with facts, you resort to Biblical threats. Care to address the multiple places where Jesus, you know, the Son of God, said he would be back while the people who were watching him were still alive?

            You can’t, because it’s one of those inconvenient things that pop up when you read the Bible critically. The Epistles were written after it became obvious that Jesus was wrong about his return.

            Of course, the whole thing is a myth, so why worry?

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 3:53 PM

            Isaiah 5:20

            Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

            Ephesians 6:10-19

            10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 3:58 PM

            Are you even capable of independent thought? Can you address why Jesus told his followers and enemies that they would see him return in glory in their lifetimes? Can you discuss why the later books of the NT, written decades later in most cases, changed the time line?

            If all you are going to is reply with Bible quotes, save your effort. They mean nothing to me.

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 4:15 PM

            Like poor Lazarus a man must be raised from the dead before he can respond to the call of the Lord. It is called Monergism. If the Lord raises you to new life Douglas then you will respond to him. If not? Then you are a spiritually dead man. Only Christ can give you new life if it be His will.

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 4:20 PM

            I’ve been raised from the dead. Died on an operating table, flatlined for 48 seconds.

            Now, I’m a spiritually happy man, but it’s not your version. But feel free to keep judging others.

            Now, can you adress why you think Jesus told his followers and accusers that they would see him return in glory in their lifetimes? Like most religious nuts, you seem to be quite good at avoiding things that make you question what you’ve been taught.

            I’ll make this easy for you: I’m disabled. I’m at home, all day, and as long as you keep replying I’ll keep asking until one of two things happens:

            1. You address the issue in a thoughtful way, or:

            2. You admit that you cannot make any sort of argument and concede the point.

            Your call.

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 4:22 PM

            I’ll pray for you.

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

            OK, I’ll think for you. Your surrender is noted and celebrated. You can quote the Bible, but you can’t defend it when challenged. Weak, really weak.

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM

            Douglas you’re a victim of a fallen culture. There is no surrender here. Jesus told his disciples to shake the dust from their feet when they left a town that would not accept His message. When they entered a town to bless it. If the town was worthy the blessing would remain if it wasn’t then their blessing would return to them. There is no struggle here. God is sovereign.

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 4:54 PM

            Actually, I am a member of a culture which has gone to the Moon, cured most diseases, achieved near universal literacy and is closing in on the goal of all people enjoying equal rights.

            It’s called freedom and liberty. And you hate it because it means you can’t control others. You are so repressed that you hate people for being free.

            There are no gods, no heavens, no hells. Live life as you choose. Be good because you want to be good. Stop being afraid.

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 4:57 PM

            Man is totally depraved without Christ. You elevate man but I magnify the Lord. What is better a strong body or a sanctified soul?
            Matthew 10:28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

            OK, how about some scientific evidence for the existence of the soul?

            See, I’ve seen horrors done in the name of Jesus by the Catholic Church. No bolts of lightning, I’ve seen horrors done in the name of politics. I’ve seen great things done in the name of both those.

            Simple fact is there is no evidence for the soul, any gods, or an afterlife.

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            Michael Day June 4, 2015 at 4:18 PM

            You are espousing a heresy called “Preterism”. It has been completely repudiated centuries ago. You have heard of the Apostle’s Creed haven’t you?

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            Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 4:25 PM

            Dude, I’m a historian. I study religious history. Do you know that the Creed didn’t appear until 390CE? 260 years after the time when Jesus taught? And was written to support the growing power of the Roman Church?

            One man’s heresy is another man’s creed. Care to tell me where Jesus called for the office of Pope or gave that office complete infallibility over matters of faith and doctrine?

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      Douglas E. Berry June 4, 2015 at 2:54 PM - Reply

      That’s it?

      OK, School accreditation are not controlled by the government. This law school did not meet the established standards for earning that accreditation. You want the title, you follow the rules.

      Toronto’s City Council rescinded a nomination out of concerns over the man’s judgement. Perfectly legitimate.

      Early, factual, honest sex education has been shown to dramatically lower teen pregnancy rates, lower STD rates, and raise the self-esteem of young women because they don’t have a twisted vision of human sexuality. They see it as natural. So this a good thing.

      None of these are the loss of basic human rights. Trinity Western University can open a law school, and pass out Juris Doctor degrees. The lack of accreditation will make it hard for those graduates to find jobs and hard for the school to attract good lecturers. But they have every right to keep being bigots, they just have to accept the consequences.

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