Posts Tagged ‘Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’

Irish Church must adapt or die Comments 0

Monday, May 6th, 2019

The Irish Church must adapt and reform if it is survive the clerical sex abuse scandal and other challenges that lie ahead, said the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Diarmuid Martin, 74, the most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland, said in an interview with The Irish Times on April 22 that there’s still “a lot of Read more

Radical overhaul may see reduction in dioceses Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

A radical overhaul of the Catholic church in Ireland may see a reduction in the number of dioceses in the Irish Church, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. Martin has also called for a radical overhaul in the training of priests. Outlining his vision for renewal which would include a “reduction and rationalisation of dioceses” Read more

Irish hierarchy won’t respond to call for local synod Comments 0

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Suspended Irish Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery wants a synod of the Irish church, but says the Irish hierarchy hasn’t wanted to know. Writing on his blog after the synod on the family in Rome, Fr Flannery noted that Pope Francis sees the synodal process as the pattern for the whole church. Fr Flannery quipped that Read more

Irish prelate slams critics who called family synod confusing Comments 1

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has decried critics who have charged that the recent synod on the family caused confusion for Catholics. Archbishop Martin said he was “quite surprised at the remarks of some commentators within church circles about the recent synod of bishops, often making accusations of confusion where such confusion did not exist Read more

Synod shows Church doing theology in fresh way Comments 0

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The synod on the family is showing the Church has to start to rethink how it does theology, says a Canadian archbishop. This is so it can truly address contemporary concerns, said Archbishop Paul-André Durocher. In the past, theologians have usually deduced from general, sometimes idealised notions of God or humanity, following the methods of Read more

Punitive God image must be overturned, Dublin prelate says Comments 0

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The Catholic Church has to turn the image of a punitive, judgemental God head over heels, the Archbishop of Dublin says. Speaking at a Mass in Dublin on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said many in his generation grew up in a religion where this punitive image prevailed. “Mercy was Read more

Pope Francis ruffling a few conservative young feathers Comments 3

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Pope Francis’s courage is causing disquiet among those with “a very conformist and closed Catholicism”, the Archbishop of Dublin has warned. At a Catholic leadership conference in Melbourne last month, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke of a young curate who recently told his parish priest he was not happy with some things the Pope had said. Read more

Irish government sets up inquiry into mother and baby homes Comments 0

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The Irish government is to set up a formal investigation into issues in mother and baby homes, which were run by churches and the state. A special commission of investigation will examine the high mortality rates, burial practices and secret and illegal adoption and vaccine trials on children at these homes. Irish minister for children Read more

Archbishop calls for inquiry into Irish mother and baby homes Comments 3

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has called for a full investigation into mother and baby homes in Ireland. His call follows controversy over a mass grave containing the remains of nearly 800 children from a convent-run home in Tuam in County Galway. The children, aged one to nine, died between 1925 and 1961. The Read more

Irish newspaper apologises for anti-priest cartoon Comments 0

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Irish Times newspaper has described as “a regrettable editorial lapse” a cartoon it published suggesting that no priests can be trusted with children. The cartoon by Martyn Turner showed three priests, with one holding a paper stating “Children First Bill” and “Mandatory Reporting”. The three priests were singing “I’d do anything for children (but Read more