Thursday 22 February 2018

Criticism of the Church can be a vital form of communication - Archbishop

Canon Damian O’Reilly, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and President Michael D Higgins at the
Pro Cathedral in Dublin
Canon Damian O’Reilly, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and President Michael D Higgins at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Communication is a vital tool for the Church, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said.

Speaking during his homily at a mass marking the 175th anniversary of 'The Tablet' newspaper yesterday, Archbishop Martin said it has played an important role in the religious community, including both its positive and critical reports of the Church.

"'The Tablet' has an unenviable history of providing news and information about the Church around the world.

"I have always been one of those who opens 'The Tablet' from the back pages to read about the Church in the world. In more recent times, I have begun to do so with a little more apprehension than in the past, in the fear of finding some critical references to myself," Archbishop Martin quipped.

"But criticism can be a vital form of communication and a service of the truth."

The Mass, which was held in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin city centre, was also attended by representatives from the London-based newspaper, as well as the British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott and President Michael D Higgins.

"'The Tablet' has over the past 175 years attempted to be such an instrument of public opinion in the Church. Sometimes it has got it right, sometimes it has gotten it wrong. In all, it has attempted to foster a sense of adult faith," the Archbishop added.

Irish Independent

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