After abuse scandal, Pope appoints new head of Irish church

STORY SUMMARY

Pope Benedict XVI walks past prelates as he arrives for his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Benedict on Friday appointed the new head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland to succeed Cardinal Sean Brady, whose tenure has been plagued by scandal over the sexual abuse of children on the predominantly Roman Catholic island.

The Vatican said Monsignor Eamon Martin, 51, had been named “coadjutor” archbishop of Armagh, meaning he will automatically succeed Brady when he retires next year.

Brady, who will remain primate until his retirement, has resisted calls by three of the four main parties in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister to resign over the sexual abuse scandal.

Armagh, which is in Northern Ireland, is a particularly significant diocese because its archbishop has the title “Primate of All Ireland,” the senior Church position on the divided island.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

3 replies

  1. May I suggest that any priest who has abuse one person should be ‘sentenced to get married’ and any priest who has abused more than one should be ‘sentenced to practice polygamy’. (I can assure you taking care of multiple families he will have no spare time to mess around).

  2. The real problem is the unnatural stand of the church about marriage and divorce and polygamy etc. Church teaches that even the mating of husband and wife may be sort of sin.
    Church teaches that every new born baby is a sinner. The attitude of the church against marriage creates the problems. There are so many unmarried mothers and Fathers employed in the churches. I cannot understand why they do not call them brothers and sisters. Let them be called unmarried brothers and unmarried sisters.
    Jesus never preached against marriage. He only preached against illicit relations.
    Since church has abondoned the law of Moses, how church can punish the criminals i.e. sodomist fathers?? Under what law?? The only law against the criminals will be the law of the land.

  3. The post by Ghulam Sarwar is totally erroneous with the exception of 2 statements – read later where I state this.

    In his post Ghulam Sarwar makes numerous singular statements and as a result I find it necessary to put the record right.

    1. “Church teaches that even the mating of husband and wife may be sort of sin.”

    That may be Islamic teaching but it is not the teaching of the Catholic Church.

    2. “Church teaches that every new born baby is a sinner”

    That is incorrect. The Catholic Church uses the expression “Original sin” which means that until they are baptised into the Christian faith they remain in the state-of-limbo caused by the sins of Adam and Eve.

    3. “The attitude of the church against marriage creates the problems.” The Catholic Church which believes in the Commandments expresses its total acceptance of marriage as being from the day of the vows taken to God until the death of one partner the state of this marriage remains unbreakable.

    4. “There are so many unmarried mothers and Fathers employed in the churches.” I am close to 80 yo and never once have I heard this expression. It is totally incorrect and I would like the original poster to state clearly on this board where he read this.

    5. “I cannot understand why they do not call them brothers and sisters.” The Catholic Church teaches that we are all Brothers and Sisters hence this statement as published is erroneous.

    ** (correct statements**
    a. “Jesus never preached against marriage.”
    b. “He only preached against illicit relations.”

    These are the only statements in this posting that are correct.

    6. “Since church has abondoned the law of Moses”.

    Erroneous. The Catholic Church never abandoned the Law of Moses. The Catholic Church teaching is that the New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

    7. “how church can punish the criminals i.e. sodomist fathers?? Under what law??”

    The Catholic Church is a Church of “Love the Lord thy God with your full heart and your full soul and love your neighbour as yourself”.
    The Catholic Church is not of this man-made world but the world of the infinitely good and forgiving God.
    There is no such thing as punishment within the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church teaches forgivness not the revenge that this poster has erroneously inferred.

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