Church 'weakened' by abuse scandal -- Martin
Published 19/09/2011 | 05:00
THE Catholic Church faces many challenges -- partly due to the paedophile sex scandal -- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin conceded yesterday.
Addressing the congregation at the Church of Saint Saviour in Dominick Street, Dublin, during the ordination of two priests, he spoke of the many obstacles and hurdles ahead of them.
"There are many reasons to be gloomy and downhearted in the church today," he said.
"Scandals have weakened the witness of the church. Our tried and tested ways of ministry are showing themselves to be tired," he said as Brothers Denis Murphy and Maurice Colgan were ordained into the Dominican Order.
Dr Martin also criticised the poor job the church was doing in reaching out to the young. "We are not adequately reaching out to future generations and captivating them with a fascination for Jesus."