ACP decides to continue trying to communicate with bishops
Report on Priests’ Meeting on 10 November (early Saturday morning portion of AGM): This was a business meeting, confined to priests. There were about 100 priests present. The discussion was excellent.
A Constitution for the ACP was presented and discussed. It was unanimously approved by the meeting. It will shortly be up on the website.
The financial statement for the year was presented, explained and approved.
A good discussion took place on the bishops’ response to our request for a meeting. There was a variety of views, but all expressed calmly and coherently. Some felt that we should not bother further with the bishops. Others thought it would be good to take them up on their suggestion that we meet priests’ councils at diocesan level. (At a meeting of the leadership team a week later it was decided we would go ahead with the meetings with priests’ councils. So we will write to the individual bishops requesting these meetings.)
There was also a good discussion on the new development of a lay association, the ACI, and what our relationship with them should be. It was generally agreed that it would be best for the moment that the two associations be separate, but that they should work closely together. The meeting wished the lay movement well, and were happy that we give them any support we can.
Oliver Brennan was at the meeting, and he was formally welcomed by Sean McDonagh.