Bishop willing to mediate in 'futile' gang feud to end violence
Bishop Michael Router of the Archdiocese of Armagh has offered to mediate between the different factions in the deadly Drogheda feud in a bid to end the violence.
In his homily for the Church's 'Day for Life' at St Peter's Church in Drogheda, Co Louth, Dr Router said everyone has an obligation to help tackle the drugs problem which is at the heart of so much of the criminal activity.
The bishop said he and any priest in the area would be willing to mediate between the factions involved in the gang warfare as he urged them to consider the futility of their actions.
On September 1, Bishop Router appealed for an end to the violence following the brutal murder of Keith Branigan.
At the weekend, he warned that the threats to the value and sacredness of human life through domestic abuse, abortion and drug-related violence "are symptoms of a society losing its moral compass".
On the issue of domestic abuse, Dr Router said it remained a very serious problem and was a hidden form of toxic behaviour in some families.
He noted that Ireland in recent years had seen "a number of terrible cases of domestic abuse" leading to extreme violence and murder.
"Such awful events remind us of what can happen if subtle abuse and manipulation of a spouse is allowed to fester and grow into something sinister and threatening," warned the bishop.
On the introduction of a more liberal abortion regime in the North, the bishop said the move was undemocratic as the citizens had not been given any say in the development of what he termed a "creeping policy".