Archbishop Martin criticised by ACP for avoiding dialogue
STATEMENT FROM ACP LEADERSHIP TEAM ON 9 JUNE 2012:
It is difficult to listen to interviews with Diarmuid Martin coming for the perspective and experience of the ACP. In his interview this morning (Saturday 9 June) with Marian Finucane he spoke about how the Church in Ireland was divided. Then he went on to say that the way to deal with division is through dialogue. The ACP is nearly two years in existence; it represents almost 1000 priests. Diarmuid Martin, as Archbishop of Dublin, has up to this point totally ignored our existence. He has failed to respond to any of our invitations to attend events that we were holding. The recent meeting in the Regency, attented by over 1,000 committed lay and clerical believers, was only a small distance away from where he lived. But he did not even send a message to us. In his interview he referred to what he called ‘conflictual’ meetings. Was he referring to our gathering in the Regency?
It is hard to have dialogue with someone who won’t even meet us.