BISHOP of Waterford & Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan has written of a “new culture which is trying to undo the truths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up”.
In a pastoral letter issued on January 12, Bishop Cullinan claimed that this culture is “redefining the meaning of personhood, of marriage, of the family, and classifying people on the basis of their sexual preference, raising individual rights over those of the unborn, and denigrating the sacredness of human life to its natural end”.
Calling on fellow clerics and Catholics to go out “and seek the lost” (quoting from Luke’s Gospel), Bishop Cullinan urged his flock to “wake up to what is happening and… change the culture from within.”
He continued: “If you and I want a culture which is healthy, where family life is helped and supported, where people have hope and can live in freedom to love God and their neighbour as themselves, then we must play our part.”
Describing the new decade as “a time for new beginnings”, Bishop Cullinan asked if the flock was satisfied by “what is happening in your parish? Are you happy that young people have so few to minister them? Are you happy with the way society is going? As a Church where are we going? What, as it were, is the sign on the bus? Where is the vision?”
Specifying his vision, the Bishop hopes for a Church “where people have a real and living relationship with Jesus” while “seeking out holiness in their daily lives”.
Bishop Cullinan continued: “In the next weeks and months I will be visiting Parish Pastoral Councils to encourage as many as possible to implement our plan. Part of that plan was to appoint a Youth Ministry Officer and a Faith Development Officer. Both of these appointments have been made, but as the successful candidates are both in employment and study until the summer they will begin work in the autumn.”