Bishop of Elphin says gay couples with children ‘are not parents’

editorial image
The Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran has said that he feels the Government are ‘“trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes” in relation to the upcoming same sex marriage referendum.

The Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran has said that he feels the Government are ‘“trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes” in relation to the upcoming same sex marriage referendum.

Speaking to Newstalk FM’s Breakfast Show on Monday morning last, in what was a somewhat contentious interview, Dr Doran said that he felt the “redefinition of marriage was also the redefinition of parenthood”. When asked about gay and lesbian couples becoming parents, he said people who have children “are not necessarily parents”. He said: “They may have children, but you see this is the point. People who have children are not necessarily parents.”

When asked where he thought homosexuality came from and whether it was something God intended, the Bishop said: “That would be to suggest that if some people who are born with Down Syndrome or Spina Bifida, that that was what God intended either.”

Speaking about the Children and Family Relationships Bill, Dr Doran said he was of the opinion that the document was focused on making it possible for people in various relationships to have children.

“It is not about ensuring children have their parents”, he said.

Responding to the Bishop’s remarks, a spokesperson for Archbishop Diarmuid Martin rebuked Dr Doran over his comments, criticising the use of “insensitive and over-judgemental language by church leaders or spokespersons”.