Irish bishop causes outrage following comments on Newstalk

Comments: Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran
Comments: Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran

An Irish bishop has caused outrage on social media following an interview on Newstalk FM.

Speaking to Chris Donoghue on the radio station, the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said he doesn't believe gay parents are parents at all. 

The Bishop also likened homosexuality to Down Syndrome, and claimed woman who seek abortions after being the victim of a rape likely do so in order to get back at their respective attackers. 

In the interview, Doran was asked was asked a number of questions about same-sex marriage and the upcoming referendum.

In the interview, Doran also claimed this morning that he believes "the jury's out" on whether people are born gay, although he acknowledged he is not an expert in the area. 

He said the vote, if successful, would undermine the institution of marriage in this country. He accused the government of trying to pull the wool over people's eyes, and said the term “marriage equality” was misleading.

He added that he was not "into judging the emotional bond" between people, but stated heterosexual relationships were different to homosexual relationships. He said the "two relationships, one of which, by its very definition, is about the rising of children, while the other is not."

When presenter Donoghue pointed out that homosexual couples are already parents here in Ireland, he replied: "But they're not parents. 

"They might have children but, you see, this is the point, people who have children are not necessarily parents.

"The legislation that the Government is introducing seems primarily focused about making it possible for people in various different relationships to have children", he said. 

"It’s not about saying gay people are unable to love, it’s about saying children need a mother and a father."

"My own personal perspective would be, some people perhaps have a predisposition, genetically, to being gay. Perhaps, in some cases, people are gay because of contexts, circumstances related to their own experience of life as young people.

"One of the things I’d suggest also, from my own experience, as working as a university chaplain, would be that many young people in their late teens are confused about their sexuality, understandably and I think I’d have to say I was myself, and the thing about it is, some young people get drawn into a gay relationship because, some how or other, they don’t feel that they’re sure about being heterosexual..."

The bishop then went on to liken homosexuality with Down Syndrome, saying: "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. I mean I think the thing about it is, I can’t see into the mind of God."

The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran liken the termination of a foetus to that of killing a terminally ill patient, adding that “to kill another human being is always sinful”.

"The child is still a human being, you don’t destroy a life in order to get back at the mother’s rapist," he said.

There was suitable outrage on social media following the interview.