Positive vibes from ACP meeting in Meath
Priests of the Diocese of Meath who are members of the ACP gathered on Wed. 6th Mar. in Navan. During the meeting there was lively and constructive discussion on various aspects of the ACP and members were invited to give feedback on their experience of the meeting that took place in Athlone on the 20th of Feb.
The general tone of our discussion was cordial and positive. Some spoke of the ACP as very beneficial in giving freedom to priests to speak and share openly and honestly their views on life, ministry and church matters. The support of being part of a such a group was felt to be necessary in times when priest numbers are decreasing and some are feeling isolated. The work of the leadership team was praised and even though more structured action could be taken on some of the aims of the association the consensus was that it could be difficult to move some of the issues forward within the hierarchical structures of the church. It was suggested that the ACP should make a statement and take a strong stand in favour of the current Pro-Life issue.
Overall most felt that the Athlone meeting was helpful, supportive and energizing in listening to the openness of all the speakers and contributors. However some felt that their concerns were not heard.