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Apr 17, 2017

Chrism Mass 2017: Church needs to admit the wounds caused by those within but good work cannot be discouraged


Church needs to admit the wounds caused by those within but good work cannot be discouraged

Bishop of Limerick says that while Church has failed in many ways, it continues to deliver in so many others

Thursday 13 April 2017: The Catholic Church can find “light and new directions” if it listens closely to why so many register as Catholics but don’t connect, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has stated.

In his homily at last night’s annual Chrism Mass - at which the oils for baptisms, confirmations, ordination of priests and the anointing of the sick are consecrated for the year ahead - at St. John’s Cathedral Bishop Leahy also said that in admitting to the wounds of the Church and ensuring they are no longer inflicted, we must continue to recognise the parts of it that are working well and doing great good.

“If we are honest, we have to acknowledge that the temptation to discouragement is real for many today. With the various headwinds buffeting the ship of the Church in recent times, including those blowing tragically from time to time, within the Church, it is no surprise that despondency has on occasions struck its arrow into our hearts.

“And yet, despite everything, we have discovered in recent days that 78% of our population still declare themselves catholic. It’s a striking statistic. On the one hand, it is good news to hear that in the privacy of their own homes, 78% of our population have affirmed their catholic identity. We can thank God for that. I doubt even the GAA has such a level of affiliation,” he quipped   ....

READ the full homily HERE