Petition to end compulsory celibacy launched
To the members of the ACP:
I am encouraged to know that you exist and what your aims are.
I am an Irish man living in England in the diocese of East Anglia.
Although I was unable to attend the Call to Action meeting in London a
couple of weeks ago, a few of us are proposing to set up a diocesan group of the “A Call to Action”. Please remember our efforts in your prayers.
Quite separate from that, but very much in sympathy with it, I set up
a website towards the end of the summer to petition the Pope for a
change in the law of celibacy for the ordained priesthood. A bit
ambitious, I know, but I feel that the laity, in common with the
ordained priesthood, have a prophetic voice and that irrespective of
whether we are listened to or not we should use it.
It has been shown that the internet can give a voice to those who previously had none,
the Arab Spring, for example. The Rev. Booth, founder of the Salvation
Army, famously said, “Why should the devil have all the best tunes!”
Could this not also be applied to the internet!
My website has, so far, received 106 signatures. This is a bit disappointing, but
encouragingly 26 of those have come in October. Also, apart from the
United Kingdom, people from the US, Argentina, Australia, Spain,
Finland and indeed a few from Ireland have signed
Can I look to you for support? I appreciate that your organisation
can not allow itself to be seen as a ‘single issue’ organisation,
whereas my petition must necessarily be so. It would be great to have
much more support from my own country.