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Irish archbishop: role of women and abuse scandal have alienate youth from Church

November 17, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said that young people have become alienated from the Catholic Church because of the perception that women are not respected and because of the sex-abuse scandal. In a November 16 speech, the archbishop said that he saw signs of hope in the emergence of younger Irish political leaders committed to changes in society—although he acknowledged that these political leaders often reject Church teachings on key moral issues.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 17, 2017 11:44 AM ET USA

    From the cited article: "The low standing of women in the Catholic Church is the most significant reason for the feeling of alienation towards it in Ireland today." Pope St. JPII referred to himself as "servant of the servants of God." Now why was that? Did Christ not say that He had come not to be served but to serve? Did Christ proclaim Himself a Jewish king, a Roman emperor, a pharaoh? No, He came as an infant whose mission was to serve and redeem the lost children of Israel... and later, us.