An Irish Catholic bishop said on Monday that homosexuality — like Down’s syndrome or spina bifida — was not part of God’s plan, and that same-sex couples with children were “not necessarily parents.”
The interview 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 radio host asked the bishop people being born gay was “as God intended.”
“That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended,” Doran opined. “The thing about it is, I can’t see it in the mind of God.”
“The things you mentioned are disabilities,” the host pointed out. “Your sexual orientation is not a disability.”
“Well, I’m not entering into that,” Doran replied. “I’m just saying it would be wrong to suggest that everything that happens, happens because God intended it. If that were the case, we’d be talking about a very different kind of God.”
Doran also added his view on the upcoming equal marriage vote. He said the vote, if successful, would undermine the institution of marriage in Ireland. He also accused the government of trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes, and said the term “marriage equality” was misleading.