Let's build society on truth not spin, says Martin
A LEADING Catholic cleric has called for the creation of a society based on truth rather than "the illusions of spin and marketing".
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin was speaking at the ninth annual "The Way of the Cross" procession in the capital's Phoenix Park yesterday.
During the two-hour ceremony, hundreds of Good Friday penitents walked in silence and at times in drizzly rain listening attentively to reflections on the passion of Jesus Christ by Dr Martin at each of the 14 Stations of the Cross.
This is the seventh time Dr Martin has lead the procession on behalf of the Italian spiritual movement known as Communio e Liberazione, (Communion and Liberation).
From his long years spent in Rome as a Vatican diplomat, Dr Martin is a strong supporter of the religious movement which was founded by the late Monsignor Luigi Giussani in 1954 and is active in 70 countries.
Communion and Liberation describes itself as "a friendship, open to everyone, reminding all of the living presence of Christ in the Catholic Church".
Convening at the Wellington Monument, the organisers quoted from Pope Benedict XVI's 2011 Lenten message, which reminded Catholics that the Mystery of the Cross was meant to reproduce "the pattern" of Christ's death on Calvary.
After reciting the Angelus prayer to Mary, a choir sang the 'Ave Maria' and Dr Martin lead pilgrims along the leafy passage through the vast park, which is within earshot of the capital city's traffic and everyday sounds.
There was scripture readings, hymn singing and rosary recitals. In his reflections on Christ as the Good Shepherd, Dr Martin denounced untruth and marketing spin in today's world.
"When truth eventually burrows its way from under the tombstones with which we try to bury it, it emerges with renewed power and energy and its revelations are all the more shocking in their sheer nakedness," said the archbishop.
"As we have seen within our church, as we have seen in political and economic life and as we see in smaller yet in no less catastrophic ways with the secret sins of our own lives and hearts."
Dr Martin prayed that God would "help us build up a society not founded on the illusions of spin and so much empty imagery of marketing."
The archbishop also prayed for help "to give our coming generations a real appreciation of the fact that the integrity of their lives, and thus their success in life, depends on their ability to live in truth and to defend the truth".