"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Saturday, 18 November 2017
DERMO OF THE FORKED TONGUE
Church’s stance on women alienates people, says Martin
The low standing of women in the Catholic Church is the most significant reason for the feeling of alienation towards it in Ireland today, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.
“Next would be the ongoing effect of the scandals of child sexual abuse,” he said in an address yesterday.
“I believe, in particular, that people have underestimated the effect of the scandals on young people.”
He added that young people’s “disgust at what happened is deep-rooted”.
Dr Martin said one of the most disappointing documents that he had read since becoming archbishop concerned a recent survey of young people in Dublin, conducted in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on Young People in Rome next year.
“Young people felt unwelcome in parishes,” he said of the survey’s results.
This reflected “on our system of faith education, which is overly school-centered” and “does not bring young people into better communication with the parish”.
Looking at the current Government, he said he was struck by “the fact that there are more members of the current Cabinet under 45 than there are of priests of that age in the [Dublin] diocese. The same applies to leadership cadres in many other sectors of society”.
He said 57 percent of priests in the Dublin archdiocese were over 60 and this was projected to rise to 75 per cent by 2030.
He said that leadership in “many aspects of our culture belongs to one generation and leadership and the mainstream membership of the church belongs to another”.
“How do you bridge that gap?” he asked.
Dr Martin said he was “happy to see a new generation of young politicians who are inspired by a politics of changing Irish society for the good rather than just fixing problems”.
However, the archbishop said some people might interpret what he was saying as that he was “happy to see politicians who support same-sex unions or wider access to abortion”.
“Let me be very clear. The church will never change its teaching on marriage and on the right to life.”
The archbishop made his remarks in a talk titled The church in Dublin: where will it be in 10 years’ time? held at St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road.
PAT SAYS: Once again Patsy McGarry is giving Dermo of Dublin a wonderful outing in The Irish Times. Its nearly got to the point where - if Dermo breaks wind - Patsy is publishing and recording every detail of the flatulence. And Dermo is the master of the FORKED TONGUE! Here, on the one hand, he is lamenting the downturn in priestly vocations and the unfairness of the Catholic Church to women - and the lack of young people at Mass. On the other hand, he is repeating RC dogma that only single men and women can marry and that abortion - even in the most extreme cases - will never be "allowed" by the RC Church. But DERMO MARTIN is PERSONALLY PARTLY RESPONSIBLE for the decline of his Church in Ireland. He is an absentee archbishop! He has a deplorable relationship with the priests he has! He has a deplorable relationship with his two auxiliary bishops! He promotes favourites among the clergy and is either disinterested or hostile to those who are not favoured! He rules in secret and has even stopped publishing his clerical changes! He has made his archdiocese far less democratic and collegiate that it was prior to him! On appearances at least he seems to have a preference for gay priests and seminarians! He has failed to act in the most serious of cases.
His stand on Maynooth was not sincere. He simply wanted to give Maynooth a kick in the goolies! He is obviously fiercely ambitious - even in his early 70's.
If he really wanted to give the Church in Dublin a future he would need to: 1. Argue for the ordination of married men and women. 2. Spend more time in Dublin and less time traveling. 3. Re-establish his Personnel Commission. 4. Stop his favouritisms! AND GENERALLY, put his money where his mouth is. But Dermo is a politician. Dermo is an empty soundbite man. Dermo is more interested in his PR profile than he is in being a pastoral father to the people and priests of Dublin. His legacy will be: "WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT"???