Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin has urged Catholics not to be afraid to speak up for their Faith. Dr Martin was speaking at the launch in Omagh of the new book How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice, co-written by The Irish Catholic Managing Editor Michael Kelly.
He gave the example of a woman who told him recently that she had been used to sitting quietly when she heard colleagues at work criticising the Church. However, she recently decided to speak up and say she disagreed when she thought the Church was being unfairly criticised. To her surprise, other people started to speak up too and said they agreed with her.
Dr Martin told the 150 people who packed into the Strule Arts Centre in the town centre that it wasn’t an easy time to be a person of Faith. However, he said, “this is our time” and that Christians are called to witness to their values whatever the wider cultural climate.
Praising the book, Dr Martin said he hoped that the book might be read in parish groups to help people deepen their understanding of the Faith and be able to engage with questions that people have.
Omagh native Michael Kelly signed copies of the book and the Christ the King Youth Choir provided the entertainment for the evening.