DUBLIN, MARCH 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Dublin is encouraging the Church in Ireland to face the truth of the past, but also to move along “the painful path of renewal.”
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who is the Primate of Ireland, addressed the sexual abuse crisis facing the nation in his homily for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, and welcomed Benedict XVI’s letter to Irish Catholics, which was published Saturday.
The Pope’s letter – promised since he met in December with Archbishop Martin and Cardinal Sean Brady, president of the Irish episcopal conference – responds to the scandal of sexual abuse that is racking the country.
The Holy Father has taken an unprecedented role in helping the Church in Ireland deal with the widespread crisis. After his December meeting, he called all the acting Irish prelates to Rome in February for a two-day summit with himself and high-ranking members of the Curia.
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