Archbishop Martin – Paris killings a horrific example of what fundamentalism can do

14 Nov 2015

Press Release November 14th

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has invited the people of Dublin and visitors to the city to join him at Mass in St. Marys Pro Cathedral this morning, at 11am to remember the victims of the Paris tragedies last evening and to pray for the injured, their families, friends and the people of France.

In a statement Archbishop Martin said, “Faith which does not foster questioning in our hearts and which becomes an ideology opens the path to dangerous fundamentalism. The events which took place last night in Paris are a horrific example of what fundamentalism can do and what happens when religion is distorted for ideological reasons. Pope Benedict went so far as to say that: “the pathology of religion is the most dangerous sickness of the human spirit”. Saint Laurence O’Toole, whose feast day we celebrate today, was a European peace-maker in his time: an Irish bishop who died in France on a mission to the Norman King to secure peace for his native Dublin. We remember those who died last night and those who mourn them and we share in the grief of the entire city of Paris. I ask that prayers be said in that intention in all Churches over the weekend. “

Today is the Feast of the Patron Saint of Dublin, St. Laurence O Toole , a European Man of Peace.