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New primate of All-Ireland installed in Armagh: The Church of England Newspaper, December 17, 2012 December 20, 2012

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Ireland needs to move past its culture of sectarian anger and grievance, the new Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Dr. Richard Clarke, said last week at his service of installation at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and live lives modeled upon the “courtesy of God.”

The 15 Dec 2012 service began on an awkward note.  As he knocked on the door of St Patrick’s Cathedral with his crosier, the head of his staff snapped off.  However, the rest of the ceremony passed off without incident.

Speaking to a congregation that included Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, government representatives from the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly, as well as church leaders including Cardinal Sean Brady the Roman Catholic primate, the Irish House of Bishops, and the Archbishop of Wales Dr. Barry Morgan Dr. Clarke said Irish attitudes needed to change.

“We live,” he told the congregation, “in a culture within which anger rather than courtesy is the most prevalent behavioural pattern. Indeed, many seem to find their only focus and meaning in life through constant rage. Salman Rushdie has coined a useful phrase, ‘outrage identity’, for those who can find any meaning for themselves only in their anger at others. True courtesy is the converse of spiteful anger. And courtesy is not simply good manners – desirable as they most certainly are – but goes a great deal further.”

Dr. Clarke added the “God we worship is a God of beauty and of truth, and our language and our actions are to mirror this.”

Citing Archbishop William Temple’s words, Dr. Clarke asked the congregation to “pray for me, not simply that I may be wise or good although for these I need your prayers, but pray for me also that I may never let go the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ but ever walk in daily fellowship with him.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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