Martin in hard-hitting address on state of Church

The Archbishop of Dublin has said he is "disheartened and discouraged" about the lack of willingness in the Catholic Church to begin the process of renewal.

Diarmuid Martin also hit out at what he called "strong forces" in the Church, who would prefer the truth about sexual abuse did not come out.

In an address last night on the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Martin said he was, on a personal level, disheartened and discouraged about the lack of willingness in the Catholic Church, to begin what is going to be a painful path of renewal.

Six months on from the publication of the Murphy report, he said he was surprised at the manner in which Church academics and publicists could today calmly act as pundits on the roots of the sexual abuse scandals - as if they were "totally extraneous" to the scandals.

Archbishop Martin also warned of strong forces within the church, who would prefer the truth about sexual abuse did not come out.

He added that there were signs of subconscious denial on the part of many about the extent of the abuse which occurred.

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