archbishop diarmuid martin


Ireland, one of the most conservative and Catholic countries in the western world, is the first country EVER to vote in favour of same sex marriage.


Following a historic referendum, Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote.

The official result for the marriage equality referendum was declared at Dublin Castle shortly before 7pm:
62.1% Yes
37.9% No.

In total, almost two million people voted.

Speaking after the official result was announced, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland had made history today.

“Our people have truly answered Ireland’s call… we have made history.”

Adding: “Those who voted no did so due to genuine held views which should be respected.”

Meanwhile, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin called the Yes result a “reality check” for the Catholic Church in Ireland.

“I think it’s a social revolution. It’s a social revolution that didn’t begin today, it’s a social revolution that’s been going on, and perhaps people in the church have not been clear in their understanding of what that involves,“ he said.


I love how the Archbishop even admits that the church needs to wake up and modernise itself. They’re living in the past.

Being gay is not a sin. A being cannot help being gay, nor shall they be ashamed of it. Being gay is something to be proud of.

Not everyone on this earth should be the same - otherwise it’d be so damn boring. So we have to learn to accept gays. This is the first step.

I think other countries will follow in Ireland’s footsteps. We might be a small and generally moneyless country, but we’ve got a spirit like no other.

Ireland is a free country, it’s accepting and homely. And although the weather can sometimes be atrociously bad, it’s my home and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

So thank you Ireland for making me proud.


Watch on

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s Homily to gathered Sisters, Associates, Partners in Ministry and Mercy Students, during the Mercy Day Mass at St Mary’s Haddington Road, 24th September 2014.

Difficult times are never alien to the ministry and the life of the church. Faith is not easy. All of us will have experienced and will experience moments in which our faith in God will be stretched almost to breaking point. Faith is not certainty. Finding Jesus in our lives is not given to us on a plate. Our faith has to engage with the hostilities of every generation.
—  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin)
The call to discipleship is mystery. It is the direct and autonomous choice of Jesus himself. Jesus speaks to us and calls us directly. There is no contract. We do not sign up and negotiate our own terms. Jesus calls us and he calls us just as unexpectedly as he called his first disciples. The call is always surprise and requires that we respond without compromise.
—  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin)
Tertullian notes that: “The Christian alone is no Christian.” There is a real need today to overcome the notion that one can be Christian without any reference to the communion of the believers. The Christian alone is no Christian. The Christian belongs to a community, a Eucharistic community.
—  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin)
People feel the need for a more intimate piety. In many cases people are in fact looking for an individualistic piety, a type of spirituality tailor-made to fit “my needs” of the moment. Such piety, however, can easily drift into becoming just a private comfort zone rather than a path of personal faith challenged by the demands of the Word of God.
—  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin)
For too long the Church appeared in a role of moralization and people failed to transmit the real depth of the Christian message which is about Jesus as a person who in his life and teaching reveals to us who God is. God is a God of love with whom we can in Jesus enter into a personal relationship, which then brings richness to the way we live of our lives.
—  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin)

2011 was a year of change. In many parts of the world change was the fruit of expressions of the desire of ordinary citizens to attain a more just and truthful world, a world respectful of their aspirations and the hopes of their children, which the traditional structures of power had failed to achieve. In many parts of the world huge non-violent movements emerged and provoked unforeseen change.

Certainly the power of modern communications contributed to enable true power to be exercised by those who had been systematically and deliberately excluded from power. Mass movements, very often of the young, brought to the forefront of political reflection the values that are needed to initiate change and sustain the longing of people worldwide for change. It is a lesson for all of us that the fundamental aspirations of people for justice and truth can never be suppressed.

Curiously the Christmas season reminds us of an earlier such movement: that initiated by John the Baptist. Secular history records the impact that the movement John established had. Huge masses went to see this extraordinary figure in the wilderness who prophesied that something extraordinary was about to take place in history and to ask of the prophet: “what are we to do”. […] Our society needs such dialogue between faith and life, between reason and faith.

—  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (Dublin)
Faith in Jesus Christ opens us out beyond human horizons. It offers a yearning for knowledge, but also a yearning for goodness, truth and love which changes people. When faith leads to conformism it has betrayed the very nature of faith. Conformism falsely feels that it has attained certainty. Faith is always a leap into the unknown and a challenge to go beyond our own limits and beyond our own narrow certainties and the distorted understanding that comes from them. Without faith our true self can so easily be undermined by human deception.
—  Archbishop Diarmiud Martin (Dublin)