28Dec Our Press Statement in response to Bishop Freeman’s article in Irish Times, Dec. 28th

Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests

In response to Bishop Freeman in Irish Times. (28th Dec.)

The Association of Catholic Priests is delighted with the initiative taken by Cardinal Brady, inviting people to respond to the Pope’s letter, and give their views on the state of the Church in Ireland.

We are totally supportive of the views of the respondents, as reported by Bishop Freeman, in today’s Irish Times (Rite and Reason column).

We agree that if the response to the issue of clerical sexual abuse is not seen in the broader context of the “shortcomings in structure and function in the church”, that it will be ultimately futile, and that a great opportunity will be lost.

Bishop Freeman hopes that this process will be the beginning of a renewal of the Church.  This is our hope too.

We believe that this renewal much include, as the survey indicated, a greater involvement of lay people, equality and compassion for all. It is our fervent wish that the Church would have an open door for all who desire to belong, and that no one should feel excluded for any reason.

We also note that the survey is unhappy with the use of titles in the Church;  many of our members have already called for them to be abolished.

We also agree that the examination of the structures of the Church must include dialogue in relation to sexuality, clerical celibacy and the exclusion of women.

As an association we note with satisfaction Bishop Freeman’s reference to the need for “structured dialogue”, and we are more than willing to be involved in that dialogue, and would hope for an early meeting with the hierarchy to begin the process. But we agree that the dialogue needs to be conducted at all levels. The time may well be right for some form of assembly or synod of the Irish Church.

Sean McDonagh  087 2367612   Brendan Hoban  0866065055

P.J. Madden 087 2208882       Tony Flannery   087 6814699

5 Responses

  1. Michael Harrington

    Excellent Press Statement in response to Bishop Freman’s Irish Times article, Dec. 28th.

  2. Jack Convery

    ”It is our fervent wish that the Church would have an open door for all who desire to belong, and that no one should feel excluded for any reason.”

    I’m guessing unrepented mortal sin excludes one from the Church.

    ”We also agree that the examination of the structures of the Church must include dialogue in relation to sexuality, clerical celibacy and the exclusion of women.”

    There won’t be women priests in the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict made a good point about this in his book. Basically, he said it was intolerant of some to try and force the Catholic Church to have women priests if it doesn’t want them. Tolerance tolerates difference. There are no women priests in the Catholic Church and that is the Tradition. If you want women priests, then the Anglican Communion is there, but not in the Catholic Church. It’s not difficult. If you don’t like the RCC, then there are plenty of alternatives.

  3. Soline Humbert

    Jack: There ARE women priests in the catholic church. With God, nothing is impossible!

  4. Andrew Dawe

    By whom were these women priestesses ordained? Is it approved by the Catholic Church authorities, not any deviant group who call themselves Catholics, but refuse to fall in line with official Catholic teaching. Is this schism?

  5. Soline Humbert

    God’s doing always precedes human recognition. The ordination of women is not schismatic but prophetic.In time it will be recognised to have originated with the Holy Spirit and recognised officially. There is a very good website for anybody genuinely interested in knowing more about the history of women’s ministry in the Church, as well as present developments: http://www.womenpriests.org


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