We must raise $1,438 by March 31st to pay critical bills. Essential to continue our mission. Donate now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Eucharistic Congress could help heal Irish Church, archbishop believes

Catholic World News - May 10, 2012

Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin believes that the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which will be held in Dublin in June, will be an important moment for the Church in Ireland, “a Church which has faced and continues to face enormous challenges, but a Church which is alive, energetic and anxious to start a journey of renewal.”

Speaking at a May 10 press conference in Rome, Archbishop Martin said that although the Irish Catholic Church has been battered by public criticism, there is a general sense that the Eucharistic Congress is a positive event. “Even in secularized Ireland,” he said, “there is a recognition that this is an important event for the Catholic Church, that others should respect.”

Archbishop Martin chaired the May 10 press conference along with Archbishop Piero Marini, the president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. The Italian prelate reminded reporters that a Eucharistic Congress is “a pause for commitment and prayer to which a particular community invites the universal Church.”

Dublin will be hosting the international event for the 2nd time. Archbishop Martin recalled that in 1932 the Eucharistic Congress was held in the Irish capital at a time when the country “had been lacerated by a harsh civil war.” At that time the event helped promote reconciliation, he said, and he hopes for the same from this year’s event.

Speaking directly to reporters about the problems facing the Church in Ireland today, Archbishop Martin said: “The overall crisis of the Church in Ireland isn’t about the child sexual abuse; it isn’t about any one individual. It is a much deeper challenge. They are just symptoms of an underlying cause.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our March expenses ($1,438 to go):
$35,000.00 $33,561.96
4% 96%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Insights on the enigma that is Pope Francis 12 hours ago
Our Most Characteristic Vice? 12 hours ago
Recognizing the Noonday Devil 13 hours ago
Patricia Jannuzzi on gay activists: And the real problem is? 16 hours ago
Surrogate parenthood = exploitation of desperate women 18 hours ago

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope announces Jubilee: a Year of Mercy CWN - March 13