Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has called on Catholics to “wake up” to a new culture trying to “undo the truths tuths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up.” 

The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore said that efforts were being made to  redefine “the meaning of personhood, of marriage, of the family, and classifying people on the basis of their sexual preference, raising individual rights over those of the unborn, and denigrating the sacredness of human life to its natural end.”

In a pastoral letter to parishioners he wrote this “new culture” was raising individual rights over those of the unborn, and denigrating the sacredness of human life to its natural end.

He also called on people of faith to wake up to what was happening, and, “with the grace of God, change the culture from within.”

“If you and I want a culture which is healthy, where family life is helped and supported, where people have hope and can live in freedom to love God and their neighbour as themselves, then we must play our part,” the bishop wrote.

Bishop Cullinan observed that about 90% of “our people” were not attending church regularly, and urged Catholics to “go out ‘and seek the lost’, saying “the great need for God’s grace” was evident.

The Diocese of Waterford and Lismore published a pastoral plan last year, including the appointment of a youth ministry officer and a faith development officer.