Friday 9 December 2016

Paris Terror Attacks: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says attacks are 'example of brutal inhumanity'

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 14/11/2015 | 17:26

Sonia Leon pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15
Sonia Leon pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15
Sonia Leon pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has condemned the Paris terror attacks as “an extraordinary example of brutal inhumanity” and called on political leaders to renew efforts to resolve the migrant crisis.

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Archbishop Martin, who described the attacks as a “horrific example of what happens when religion is distorted for ideological reasons”, said that church leaders must continue to fight against fundamentalism.

French students in Galway join a vigil in solidarity with the French people in Paris.
Picture: Hany Marzouk
French students in Galway join a vigil in solidarity with the French people in Paris. Picture: Hany Marzouk

Hundreds of people turned out at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral, where the Archbishop opened a book of condolence and led a special mass to pray for those who died and for loved ones left behind in the wake of the atrocity.

“We have to ask ourselves why does something like this happen in modern Europe?” Archbishop Martin told the Sunday Independent.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Catholic Church needed a reality check after the gay marriage referendum result
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Catholic Church needed a reality check after the gay marriage referendum result

“If there are religious elements motivating people to do this, we as leaders have to say ‘enough’.

Archbishop Martin said that the attacks would only serve to strengthen inter-faith relations in Ireland and across the world.

Camille Marchais pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15
Camille Marchais pictured at the Solidarity with Paris march through Dublin city centre. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 14/11/15

“I think that mainstream religions are absolutely clear on this and I know that here in Ireland, Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders are all united,” he explained.

“We have to show that we need to fight against any type of fundamentalism.”

The Archbishop also said that western leaders must play an important role in ensuring that all minorities affected by the immigrant crisis will not be left out in the cold.

“This is taking place at a crucial time in which political leaders in society are facing a huge crisis with movements of people who are fleeing persecution in their countries and we have to show solidarity and to make sure that we give no space to any sign of hostility toward migrants.

“We are very lucky in Ireland that we've never had a position that is expressly anti-immigrant as these are people who are fleeing terrible persecution.

“In many ways, until the crisis in the Middle East crisis is resolved, we are going to see many of these problems and again we encourage our political leaders to renew their efforts to resolve this crisis,” he added.

Archbishop Martin said special masses would take place all over Dublin this weekend to remember those who lost their lives and to pray for the mourners.

“One thing we can do is to show compassion and solidarity for those who mourn and who are in trauma,” he said.

“We pray for all of those who died, think of those who mourn and pray for peace.”

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