Nevertheless, it is hard for me to see how a priest could offer absolution and forgiveness if the sinner was determined to continue in his sins.
Not saying the Irish government is right. It's not. This IS a freedom of religion thing. I'm just glad that I will never be a priest in such a situation, nor a self-righteous liberal lemming that would try to force this on the Church.
Hang tough, Catholics of Ireland!
Priests are not supposed to forgive sins if the sinner is determined to continue the sin.