THE Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has urged communities in the capital to speak out and “shame the perpetrators” of violence.
His comments at Mass in Lourdes yesterday afternoon came following 48 hours in Dublin which saw a vicious stabbing on the streets in the early evening, a security guard held at gunpoint, and the discovery of a pipe bomb in a graveyard.
Speaking during Mass during the final day of the Dublin Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, Archbishop Martin also referred to recent murders outside the capital.
He said: “At the end of this pilgrimage I would like to make an appeal. In these days we have shared here in Lourdes an extraordinary experience of peace.
“This contrasts with the constant news we receive about the violence of shootings and stabbings that marr the life of the streets of Dublin and around the country.”
He said such horrendous violence can become so commonplace that we become anaesthetised to it and it acquires for its perpetrators a warped sense of celebrity.
“Nothing could be farther from the truth. Violence degrades and brings shame on its perpetrators and sponsors. Violence only leads to further violence and grief.
“Vendetta generates further vendetta and leaves both the perpetrators and the community less secure.”
The Archbishop also urged communities to “raise our voices unambiguously to condemn those behind this violence.”
He added: “As communities we have to support and cooperate with the gardai, we have to speak out; we have to shame the perpetrators.
“We have to educate our young people, we have to mobilise our communities, we have to pray for an end to a dangerous cancer in our society.”