A historic watershed for our country

A historic watershed for our country

The Catholic Church must now leave behind its traditional obsession with sexual matters

Pages of newsprint will be devoted today, and in the coming days – both here in Ireland and abroad – to the gay marriage referendum. I have a few points to make. Firstly, the result is a “historic watershed” in Ireland’s social and political landscape. For a country that was long steeped in a hugely questionable Jansenistic attitude to morality – and particularly sexual morality – it is a moment of liberation, not just for...

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