Thursday, December 24, 2009

In Dublin, "Christmas Transforms!"

Given the post-Murphy coverage here these last weeks, tonight's Midnight Mass homily from Dublin's archbishop makes for especially worthwhile reading.

Here below, Diarmuid Martin's fulltext:

Again, to one and all, Nollaig shona duit!

Apparently, not even this holiest of days can keep new developments from cropping up....

In a statement released just before Christmas Midnight, Dublin auxiliaries Ray Field and Eamonn Walsh announced that they would submit their resignations to Pope Benedict.

"As we celebrate the Feast of Christmas, the Birth of our Saviour, the Prince of Peace, it is our hope that our action may help to bring the peace and reconciliation of Jesus Christ to the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse," the prelates said.

"We again apologise to them," they went on. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have so bravely spoken out and those who continue to suffer in silence."