Saturday 24 February 2018

Archbishop condemns 'murdering criminals'

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

Sarah MacDonald

The leader of the Catholic Church in Dublin has again condemned "murdering criminals" who think that wealth, cars and luxury villas give them respectability.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin led the annual Good Friday Way of the Cross walk in the Phoenix Park, joined by more than 600 faithful.

"A year ago on Good Friday, we reflected here in this Phoenix Park on violence in our society. That violence continues. We have to stand up as a community and say to men of violence, whoever they are, 'no more of this'," the Archbishop said.

In his first reflection along the route, he said communities must give a new definition today to respectability.

"The respectable are not those who have power or influence or celebrity status.

"The murdering criminals think that wealth and cars and luxury villas will give them respectability. But remember that they find that model of respectability precisely in the pseudo values that we ourselves often espouse," he added.

Dr Martin said we must do more to address violence in society, against children, against women, and "against those we consider different and thus somehow less worthy of our respect and love."

Later, he walked with the Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Michael Jackson, from Christ Church to St Mary's Pro Cathedral.

The two church leaders, holding a Taize cross, stopped and prayed for all those who died at Easter 1916 outside the GPO before prayers at the Pro Cathedral.

Irish Independent

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