Gerry O’ Hanlon S.J. writes in an article about the recent referendum on marriage and its aftermath
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“The atmosphere among the crowd in Dublin and elsewhere in Ireland was carnival like – rainbow flags flying, people smiling and embracing, a sense of delight. This, on the Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Spirit, was a kind of secular Pentecost, a communal experience of movement from fear to peace and joy.”
He quotes Archbishop Diarmud Martin in saying that the church ‘has to find a new language to get its message across, particularly to young people, and that if teaching isn’t expressed in terms of love then the Church has got it wrong.’
Gerry concludes that ‘Archbishop Martin and his colleagues here in Ireland – and further afield – need to take up with energy and enthusiasm the challenge of Pope Francis for a more collegial and dialogical church, in which the voice of all is heard. Then perhaps we can hope for an ecclesial Pentecost to correspond to the secular celebration last Saturday in Dublin, a joyful re-birth of our badly damaged church.’
I am appalled that Francis is making a foreign trip during a pandemic. He and his party are vaccinated, most people in Iraq are not. Watching TV footage of crowds lining his route there was no social distancing to be seen. Further the large number of security personnel needed adds further risk.
My prayer for this trip is that it will not be a super spreader.