Marriage matters – Reflect before you change it

Marriage matters – Reflect before you change it

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“Marriage is important – reflect before you change it”

Please find below a range of resources and information material that has been made available in recent months by the Diocesan Communications Office and the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth to aid priests and parishes in their reflections in advance of the Constitutional referendum on Marriage on May 22nd.

Also available here are recent talks and media interventions by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the importance of marriage.


The Meaning of Marriage Newsletter

Please see below for a link to editions 1-9 of The Meaning of Marriage Newsletter prepared by the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth.  The first edition is the statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference, issued on Tuesday 10th March and also available for download separately as a word document.

‘Marriage is important – Reflect before you change it’ Tuesday 10 March (word document)

The Meaning of Marriage Newsletter, Issues 1-9:  (pdf)


The Meaning of Marriage website

Please visit which will host relevant material published by the Irish Episcopal Conference, its councils, and by individual bishops.


Archbishop Martin’s Addresses

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s talks and addresses on marriage and the family are available at the links below:

‘The Church in Ireland: Signs of Hope – New Challenges’
Saint John’s Parish, Tralee, 24th February 2015

‘The Synod on the Family – what can we expect?’
All Hallows College, Dublin, 4th March 2015

‘The Teaching of the Church on Marriage today’
Iona Institute, 19th March 2015

‘Marriage in the constitution is linked with the family’
22nd Consultation Day for Diocesan Communications Officers, All Hallows College, Dublin, 6th May 2015

‘Stop & reflect carefully on what marriage and the family mean’
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Saint Conleth’s Parish, Newbridge, 11th May 2015


Media Links

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin shares his views on same-sex marriage
– RTÉ Radio 1’s This Week programme, Sunday 10th May 2015

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin announces his intention to vote ‘No’ in the same-sex marriage referendum
– RTÉ News, Wednesday 6th May 2015