02Jun Press Release from ACP after Portlaoise Meeting

The Association of Catholic Priests met to discuss the New Missal On Thursday, June 2nd in Portlaoise.   The purpose of the meeting was to seek further direction from our members, wh0 in January had requested us to meet with the bishops with a view to having the implementation of the New Missal postponed for five years.

We reported that while the meeting with the bishops had taken place, we were disappointed with the level of their engagement with us.

There was unanimity about the inadequacy of the texts, and about the way they have been developed and imposed.

A recommendation was unanimously accepted that priests and people avoid using the sexist language that pervades the New Missal

The ACP is requesting time and space for priests who have conscientious or pastoral objections to the use of some of the new texts. 

The ACP is baffled that while generous provision  has been made for the Latin Mass, no provision is being made to accommodate the far greater number of people who will have difficulty for different reasons with the New Missal.  Such derogations by a bishop’s conference are possible under the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, No.6:  “Each conference of bishops may establish additional norms for its territory to suit the traditions and character of the people, the regions and the various communities”.

It is noteworthy that the meeting was also attended by representatives of various lay groups and religious.

Brendan Hoban  086 6065055

Sean McDonagh   087 2367612

P.J. Madden   087 2208882

Tony Flannery  087 6814699

3 Responses

  1. David

    Thank you for this and other acts of leadership the ACP of Ireland has taken in this regard! May God bless your efforts.

  2. Mark

    I was just wondering about the rights of the faithful. A lot of us are actually looking forward to the new translation. I’ve waited a long time for this missal and I mean to enjoy it!

  3. Nick Young

    What’s happened to the original post that included contributions from Angela Hanley ?


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