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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Irish archbishop fears a generation is being lost to drink
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¬†In his homily for Temperance Sunday, in St Joseph's Church, Dundalk, Most Rev Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland warned that Ireland is becoming enveloped in a dangerous drink culture. He said: "Sometimes, I fear that we may be witnessing another lost generation - a generation of young people who, instead of emigrating abroad, are leaving the shores of moderation, responsibility and spirituality". "Why are so many young people turning more and more to drink? This may sound glib, but I believe the answer is thirst," he said. "In a society that has become more and more consumerist, materialistic and shallow, there is still that great innate human desire for meaning and self-realisation ≠ a thirst for something deeper. Where this is denied there is pain and hurt. Many of our young people, starved of spiritual alternatives and aching for meaning, are choosing alcohol as their preferred anaesthetic. He criticised sporting and social events in which binge drinking has become routine, but also pointed out that there was also heavy drinking at religious occasions, like baptism, conformation, marriage and funerals. The huge amounts of money spent by the State on fighting the effects of drink could be better spent on building hospitals, he said. Source: Irish Bishops Conference
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