Monday 16 January 2017

A time to reflect on values we must share

Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath

The traditional message of Easter is one of hope, even in the darkest of hours. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in his address yesterday sought to evoke the essence of what it is to be human at a time when life appears to have been discounted to the point of worthlessness in the burgeoning underworld of crime. The context was the murder of Noel Duggan. Dr Martin expressed concern over the "horrific, hate-filled violence and retaliation on our streets".

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Commenting on the cycle of killing and brutal retaliation, he pointed out that: "They feel that violence is their strength; yet violence will be their downfall. Will they ever learn?" Back in February, Dr Martin pointed out that such murders did not convey "a prestige of power but of despicable inhumanity". At that time, he also appealed for the mothers or grandmothers of the killers to attempt to intercede.

Yesterday, he reminded us again that: "Every victim, no matter what their personal history is, is the son of a mother or the daughter of a mother - every victim has a family, they may have kids and this type of violence doesn't help anybody."

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