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22 May, 2017. Monday, Week 6 of Easter

22 May, 2017. Monday, Week 6 of Easter

20May Wellbeing of Priests: ACP Regional Meetings

Wellbeing of Priests: ACP Regional Meetings

May 20th, 2017

UPDATED - Another Regional Meeting added -
THREE more Regional Meetings on the Wellbeing of Priests are planned.
ACP Members are encouraged to extend an invitation to all priests.

Cashel & Emly, Limerick and Killaloe, Monday 22 May

Waterford, Ossory, Ferns and Kildare & Leighlin, Wednesday 24 May

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise, Clogher, Kilmore and Meath, Wednesday 7th June 2.00pm, The Kilmore Hotel, Cavan Town

18May ‘The Catholic Church has at most 10 years to adapt’

‘The Catholic Church has at most 10 years to adapt’

May 18th, 2017

Writing in the Irish Times Mark Patrick Hederman suggests that there is little time left for the Catholic Church in Ireland to adapt to the realities of life as it is now lived before being reduced to a tiny irrelevant minority.

14May With open hands

With open hands

May 14th, 2017

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, pays tribute to Henri Nouwen and finds that one of his metaphors 'with open hands' to be 'very pertinent to our present times. A few days back we saw pictures of Francis at Al Azhar mosque in Cairo where he embraced the mosque’s Grand Imam, Ahmad al-Tayeb, who urged the West not to hold an entire religion “accountable for the crimes of any small group of followers.” That image of greeting between a Christian and a Muslim runs counter to our populist press view of castigation of a whole people through the actions of a few.'

13May The Appointment of a new Papal Nuncio to Ireland

The Appointment of a new Papal Nuncio to Ireland

May 13th, 2017

Statement by the Association of Catholic Priests on the Appointment of the new Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

10May Leap of Faith, RTE Radio 1, Roy Donovan

Leap of Faith, RTE Radio 1, Roy Donovan

May 10th, 2017

Roy Donovan, a member of the ACP leadership team, will participate in 'Leap of Faith', RTE Radio 1, Friday, 12 May at 10.00 p.m.

10May The National Maternity Hospital

The National Maternity Hospital

May 10th, 2017

The ACP Leadership discussed the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital at their (quarterly) meeting on 2nd May 2017 and issued the following statement…

As this issue is already being debated on our website comments can be addressed to the article "Catholic Ethos and Other Mysteries",

07May Catholic Ethos and other Mysteries

Catholic Ethos and other Mysteries

May 7th, 2017

Gabriel Daly OSA writes about the current controversy concerning the proposed new National Maternity Hospital.
Gabriel says that for the Church it has been "a testing and uncomfortable time and an opportunity to behave as adult Christians aware that the Second Vatican Council has altered the parameters under which previous disputes of this kind had been fought. Here was an opportunity to step away from triumphalist pronouncements and instead to learn humbly how to listen to others before pronouncing the church’s position on reproductive matters. Modern medicine is highly specialised and difficult to understand by those still moralising under the old essentialist moral categories which were thought to be unchanging and were treated as such. Today we may find that there is a legitimate diversity of views, and thus no univocal doctrinal pronouncement is possible."

06May Wellbeing of Priests – Media Coverage – Irish Examiner

Wellbeing of Priests – Media Coverage – Irish Examiner

May 6th, 2017

The Irish Examiner gives coverage to the wellbeing of priests and in particular to issues of mental health and suicide.
It quotes Roy Donovan as saying that for priests "the issue of depression amongst members of the clergy was certainly one of the main areas of concern" that arose at regional meetings. Roy said that some "are suffering in silence, not knowing where they can turn to for help."

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05May Fr. Pat Moore R.I.P.

Fr. Pat Moore R.I.P.

May 5th, 2017

Fr. Pat Moore died on 01 May 2017.
Tim Hazelwood remembers a friend, and Tony Flannery pays tribute to his memory.

04May ‘Eaten bread is soon forgotten.’ But who cares??

‘Eaten bread is soon forgotten.’ But who cares??

May 4th, 2017

Seamus Ahearne looks at the often bleak and angry news of the day and decides that "God; is splashed about everywhere and in everyone. Moaning and groaning isn’t graceful. The world we used to know, is changing. The familiar is gone. The God we knew, and the Rituals that supported us, has gone wandering. But God is in this place and we may not know it. (Gen 28.10). We dare not sulk like Jonah or eventually give in to despair like Job (Job 38). I go to Church each day and I come away smiling.

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