The nation of Ireland recently became the very first on the planet to legalize same-sex marriage by vote. In this case by a vote of the people, by a referendum. As the Associated Press reported, “Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage . . . a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike have called a ‘social revolution.’” It is, indeed, a social revolution and behind it more fundamentally, a worldview revolution and a moral revolution.
According to The Economist, “84 percent of the population regard themselves as Catholic.” Moreover, 71 perce of Irish young people—those aged 18 to 24- voted for same-sex marriage. The majority of these, I should point out, were educated in Catholic schools. Clearly, the big lesson here is that the Catholic Church failed to communicate their message in favor of traditional marriage to young people and to the nation at large in a convincing way. There’s a lesson here for those of us here in the United States.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208981580″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]