A model which could help the Assembly of the Irish Church?
There is not a great deal of lived experience of widespread consultation among the body of baptised Catholics in Ireland.
While church structures have their own organisation, and in many ways are dissimilar to civil society in Ireland, a possible model we might learn from is the process used by the “We the Citizens” movement (http://www.wethecitizens.ie/index.php). Their exercise was to encourage deliberative and participatory democracy in Ireland.
They recently produced a report which they presented to the government. It’s available (PDF) on line: