The Derry born Catholic Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin has called for the development of a new relationship between his church and the media characterised by mutual respect and trust.
In an address to the Radharc television awards ceremony in Dublin, he praised what he called the “vitally important role” the Irish and global media have played in exposing child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church.
However, he also criticised some unidentified commentators, particularly on social media, for failing to objectively question stories, and for publishing instead “their consensus caricature of the Church”.
He also praised what he called the “vitally important role” the Irish and global media have played in exposing child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church which he called a “terrible and shameful chapter of Church history”.
He said: “Most now accept that ‘the media’ has played a vitally important role in Ireland and around the world, in lifting the lid on a terrible and shameful chapter of our history; giving a voice to those who for years had been carrying a lonely trauma. Media attention of these issues has accelerated the development and implementation of best practice in safeguarding, both in the Church and throughout society.”
It’s two months now since Archbishop Martin succeeded Cardinal Sean Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and leader of the Irish Catholic Church.