Saturday 21 October 2017

Archbishop hits out at 'evil' criminal gangs

Performers at the annual Good Friday passion play at St Catherine’s Church, Meath Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Performers at the annual Good Friday passion play at St Catherine’s Church, Meath Street, Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

Sarah McDonald

"We can be so judgemental and hurtful towards those whom we decide have failed and those who drift outside our self-made ideas of respectability," he told hundreds of people who took part in the Good Friday walk to the papal cross in the Phoenix Park.

He questioned how a Church and its institutions could have been so judgmental and "treated broken people who were entrusted to its care with such harshness".

"How could we have tried to use the teaching and the merciful way of dealing with sinners to justify or accept harsh exclusion?" he said.

The Archbishop said there were so many groupings who were misjudged: single mothers who wanted to keep a baby they loved, gay and lesbian people, and orphans.

He prayed that the Catholic Church would be cleansed of judgmentalism and realise the power of mercy.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin hit out in stark language at the "evil attempts" by criminal gangs to maintain control of the drugs trade, which he warned was a "super-lucrative traffic of death", in his 'Way of the Cross' reflection for a pilgrimage in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

His condemnation came a day after the brutal killing of young father Stephen Lynch by a gang who savagely beat him before he was deliberately run over with a car in Tallaght, Dublin.

Dr Martin also condemned terrorism which has killed innocent people "simply going along streets about their everyday business" as well as the suffering of children in Syria.

Closer to home, he had harsh words for members of his own Church, blaming the scandals within Catholicism, as well as "judgmentalism" by some in the Church for causing people to reject faith.

Irish Independent

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