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Church teaching out of sync with Irish life, survey finds

20 March 2014 | by Sarah Mac Donald in Dublin | Comments: 0

The Church’s teaching on marriage and family life is disconnected from the real-life experience of many Irish Catholics, the country’s bishops have acknowledged.Giving a summary of the responses to the Vatican survey, the Irish Bishops’ Conference said the teaching is not regarded by many Catholics as “realistic, compassionate or life-enhancing”.Many respondents expressed “particular difficulties” with the teachings on extra-marital sex and cohabitation by unmarried couples, divorce and remarriage, family planning, assisted human reproduction and homo­sexuality. Some found the Church’s position on these issues left them feeling “guilty and excluded”, the bishops said.The leadership of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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