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In a recent radio interview Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, talks about how the Catholic Church is increasingly "losing the argument" with regard to homosexuality. She recalled how when she was president she became aware of how suicide among young males between the ages of 15 and 25 was a particular problem in Ireland. And in this group how young gay men were a particular "at-risk" group. She said young men between the ages of 14, 15 and 16 who discover that they are gay are often faced with a conflict of "appalling proportions" and driven into a place that is "dark and bleak" when they hear those close to them using words such as "disorder" and "evil" in relation to homosexual practice. She decries the lack of fora where parents and friends can bring their concerns and developing sensibilities around the issue of homosexuality to the Church.

 

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