The graduating class of 2019 can be central to any debate on the ethical values and principles we want to uphold and strengthening contemporary Ireland.
Archbishop Eamon Martin, was speaking to the graduation ceremony of the 2019 graduation class of Saint Patrick College, Maynooth.
He said: “You, my dear graduates, can be central to that debate – as lay women and men, clerics and religious. You, and your contemporaries from every third level institution in this country, are going out into a society which is struggling with complex issues and questions – from human trafficking and homelessness, to migration and direct provision; from gangland violence and economic uncertainty, to finding a shared vision for lasting peace and reconciliation on this island; and that’s not to mention the complex challenges presented by climate change and caring for the future of planet earth, our common home.
Earlier this year, speaking at a gathering of theologians in Naples, Pope Francis suggested that to meet these challenges and expectations, a good pontifical university will be characterised by evangelisation and dialogue.
“He stressed that the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus and of God’s love needs time and the space for interaction and dialogue, so as to fully understand the problems of today and to discover ways of resolving them. Pope Francis describes this dialogue in terms of two movements:
“Firstly, a bottom-up movement that can dialogue with every human and historical instance, with an attitude of listening and discernment that takes into account the breadth of what it means to be human; and, secondly, a top-down movement ― where “the top” is that of Jesus lifted up on the Cross―that allows us, at the same time, to discern the signs of the Kingdom of God in history and also to understand prophetically the signs of the anti-Kingdom that disfigure the soul and human history”.