Statement issued at end of May gathering
This statement was issued by the ACP at the end of the gathering in the Regency Hotel, Dublin on 7 May, ‘Towards an Assembly of the Irish Catholic Church’
“Over 1000 people, representative of a broad range of opinions in the Catholic Church, gathered today at a meeting called by the Association of Catholic Priests. The meeting agreed on the need to recapture as a matter of urgency the reforming vision of the Second Vatican Council.
The meeting called for a organised dialogue in the Irish Church, a dialogue that would work towards establishing appropriate structures that would reflect the participation of all the baptised. This dialogue should take place at parish, diocesan and national levels, and should address all issues facing our people at this time of crisis. We call on all who are concerned with the future of our Church, including our Church leaders, to participate in this dialogue.
Despite all the difficulties, despite the fear, today was a real experience of hope and of the presence of the Spirit among us all.”