Faith should protest against consumerism

Religious faith ought to be a protest against consumerist culture and “ensure that we do not substitute the politically correct for genuine values”, according to Archbishop Michael Neary.

In his homily for the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage, the Archbishop of Tuam said the acid test of any society or faith “is the care it takes of the disadvantaged” and that while no one has a right to impose his or her religious convictions on society, “if we fail to acknowledge the insights which faith contributes then society will be the real loser”. 

“Religious faith provides us with the courage to make judgements,” he said. “As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to light a candle of hope for people who live in a dark world.”