Christians must still proclaim the Gospel, even in the face of the current scandals and cover- ups, according to the Archbishop of Liverpool.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon was preaching in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral at the concluding Mass of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress, which took place in the city on August 7-9.
“As a Christian community we may say that we can no longer hold our heads high because of the current scandals and cover- ups, so let us keep our heads bowed in penance but stand erect nonetheless,” McMahon said.
“Maybe our words won’t carry the same authority as before, but we still have a gospel to proclaim, and let us continue to do that by our actions as well as words so that others may see Jesus in us.”
The archbishop said that “even though we may be humiliated as members of Christ’s Body at this moment in time,” he told Christians that the Church belongs to Christ.
McMahon recounted a visit to the Holy Land, where he saw firsthand the Greco-Roman cities and pagan temples that had existed in Christ’s time, and said it made clear that Jesus was preaching in an area that wasn’t just made up of Jewish believers, but also gentiles and pagans.
“The parallel is obvious: Our society is deaf to the word of God too. When Jesus preached and healed in these cities it would have been in an alien culture. Well, I think that our society is more ‘hard of hearing’ than deaf. We have to learn to shout louder,” the archbishop said.
He said the Church of today is “lost in the crowd in what is a secular age where Christianity and its ideals linger but are no longer the common basis of our society.”