“Big Debates Must Be Grounded In The Real Experience Of The Lives Of Ordinary People” – Bishop Paul Colton

Cork, Cloyne & Ross DCO

Addressing the congregation at the annual Civic Service in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, the Rt Revd Dr Paul Colton, said that big debates in society, in communities and in institutions, such as that currently being had in Ireland in the run–up to the marriage referendum, ‘cannot be had in the abstract; they must be grounded in the real experience of the lives of our fellow human beings.’

He said that ‘Big concepts such as marriage, relationship, love, commitment, family, parenting are all rooted in, and given expression, in the lives of real people, made in the image of God. When we participate in the debate, formally or informally, publicly or privately, we are walking on the holy ground of other people’s lives.’

Bishop Colton said:

“Big debates about big ideas cannot be had in the abstract; they must be grounded in the real experience of the lives of our fellow human beings. One of the risks of any big debate in any community, society or institution, is that we take to ourselves the luxury and relative safety – or we even draw the battle lines – by having the discussion without putting names, faces and …read more

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