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'Restructure' Church to focus on Christ's message, suggests Dublin's archbishop

Catholic World News - April 01, 2013

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Ireland said that the Church should be “restructured and destructured” in order to bear more effective witness to the Gospel.

A revival of the faith “will not come out of a Church which still wants to look on itself as an institution of power,” the archbishop said in his Easter homily. He said this would be true of “even a renewed institution,” and added that the problem could not be solved by “a Church which is simply a focal point of organized doing good or social reform.” To be truly renewed, he said, the Church must set aside secondary concerns and “witness more concretely to the message of Jesus.”

Archbishop Martin said that a renewed Church would be “pro-life in the fullest sense of that term.” He explained: “We have to defend the right to life and we must at the same time always accompany that defense with a commitment to ensure that all can live their lives with a level of dignity worthy of the Lord of life in whose image they have been created.”

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  • Posted by: jamesbell431857 - Apr. 02, 2013 11:00 AM ET USA

    This guy is famous for supporting homosexual civil unions, for declaring rebellion to the Vatican-mandated ban on seminarians with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies," calling traditionalist seminarians psychologically "fragile," and covering up of sexual abuse. Now, he gives the media a headline that confirms the worst possible presuppositions about the Catholic Church. One might think he was trying to destroy the Catholic Church in Ireland. Is he malicious or cowardly? Hard to tell ...

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