ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN has said, “we are at a critical juncture in the history of the Catholic Church in this diocese and in our country”.
He was speaking at the Chrism Mass this morning in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin.
The Archbishop also spoke about the amount of people losing faith and leaving the Catholic church:
“We are at critical juncture about the place of the Catholic Church in Irish society and in the future culture of Ireland. And we are at a critical juncture about the very place of faith and the very understanding of faith within the Catholic community.”
But he said “despite the difficulties of the Church in Ireland there are also so many signs of hope”.
He prayed for the “anguish” of victims of child clerical sex abuse following the sentencing of former priest of the Diocese, Patrick Mc Cabe, for abuse. Seventy-year-old McCabe was, who abused two boys over 30 years ago, was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week.
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