13May ACI launches its own website

The ACI Website is now live. The activation of the website marks a very significant development in the process of establishing the new association.

The primary purpose of the website is to facilitate the building of an ‘on line’ ACI Community. We envisage the ACI developing over time into a country-wide organization in which members, although geographically dispersed, can be united via the association’s website. Members will be able to communicate with one another and exchange comments and views on topical issues via the website. The ACI is an organization established for the benefit of the members and the members will decide on policy – policy which will ‘shape’ the organization in the future. The website will play a central role in empowering members in terms of expressing their views and influencing the direction which the association will take in the years ahead. In this way members will be enabled to make a real contribution to influencing the development of a new community of Catholics in Ireland united by the search for reform and renewal in our Church.

Membership registration is now possible via the website. From Tuesday 14th May it will also be possible to ‘sign-up’ for the General Meeting on June 1st in the Clarion Hotel, Dublin, which will mark the official ‘launch’ of the ACI – see website for more details.

 ACI Steering Group: visit the site here

 

7 Responses

  1. Darlene Starrs

    Mighty Fine!

  2. Mary O Vallely

    I do hope as many as possible will make it to the launch. Like Cathy Molloy (read her excellent article on the ACI website) I am not sure about the wisdom of the separation of the ACP and the ACI but we can work through this together and see what emerges. It is exciting and hopeful and better than sitting wringing our hands and bemoaning. We are taking action, moving as the Spirit guides us and I believe that there is a real sense of community even though it is online at present. :-)
    P.S. Even if it is impossible to be physically present on Saturday 1st June we can all pray for the ongoing success of this venture and keep challenging and encouraging others through the online forum. Bail ó Dhia ar an obair.

  3. Kathleen Faley

    I have read Cathy Molloy’s article – A Future for Faith and would like to offer a couple of suggestions to make confession more user friendly in the 21st Century. 1) Do away with the Confession Boxes where penitents have to kneel in semi-darkness if not complete darkness. The darkness of the confession box in today’s more enlightened times is psychologically unhealthy and fear inducing for many penitents. 2) Confession is too controlled, pinned down to place, day/evening and time. Penitents in need of confession should not have to be so controlled. Confession in that format is actually exclusive to those who can go to Church to go to Confession and likewise, exclusionary of those who cannot go to the Church on a certain day and at a certain time to go to confession. Confession should be more fluid than that, i.e. meet penitents where they are whether it be the doctor’s surgery, the supermarket, the farmyard, the factory, the school or the home etc. 3) Controlling the dispensing of Confession in its present format has to be contrary to the Will of God and the Holy spirit who blows where it wills, when it wills and on whom it wills. 4)Penitents should be SURPRISED by the action of the Holy Spirit by being SPONTANEOUSLY FORGIVEN where they are. 5)Penitents should have a Pentecostal experience of the loving forgiveness of God so that they are more likely to want to return to Confession again and again.

  4. Darlene Starrs

    I read the article of “A Future for Faith?” by Cathy Malloy to give me an overall sense and feeling of what the ACI is about, apart from their stated goals and objectives or mission statement.
    The most salient point for me was on page 3, where she writes: As regards the situation of women in the church, and the reality of the collapse in vocations to ordained priesthood, it is clear that what Lonergan calls ‘SCOTOSIS’, a blind spot in one’s visual field is operative” The Scotosis comes with clericalism. We know that Pope Francis has said, that “clericalism” is a problem, however, he more than likely is not aware of all the issues with clericalism. That would be his blind spot. There are so many problems that plague the Church that derive from the blind spot.
    Cathy identifies a number of those problems, one of which, is certainly, the exclusion of women, but another, is that, lay people do not have real decision-making power. Maintaining the “fire” in the belly for reform and renewal is not an easy thing, but, yes, for the purpose, of continuing to provide the experience of “Jesus Christ” for those who yearn for living bread and living water, is why we must, press on, for a Church, that, is truly, the “Body of Christ”. This Sunday, being Pentecost, I pray, that the New Pentecost of 2013, is the fire of the Holy Spirit that will breath life into the New Evangelization, breath life into the understanding and will of Pope Francis, and breath life, into the emergence of a new laity. No doubt, for all of this new pentecost work, there will need to be, a new fire of the feminine. God Bless! and God Bless the work of the ACI!

  5. Lloyd Allan MacPherson

    I would be willing to volunteer my services to create a 30-45 second service announcement for the ACI. I’ll need three statements/words from you to incorporate in the video.

  6. Mary O Vallely

    Until the ACI forum is up and running ( and I appreciate the work and effort made by those responsible for this task) I would urge you all to read Fr Brian Lennon’s stirring words on “Injustice in the Church.” Go to the site up above, where it says “here”, click on ‘resources’ and then ‘articles’.

    Like everything Brian writes, it’s challenging but “do-able” and his words hit home about the danger of conforming to a culture of blind obedience.

    I am in no way equating Nazism and the failures of our own Church but I came across these words of Eichmann when he was on trial in 1961.

    “Now, that I look back, I realize that a life predicated on being obedient and taking orders is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way reduces to a minimum one’s need to think.”

    Yes, he is an extreme example but could that desire to stay in one’s own comfort zone and not to take the risk of thinking for ourselves, possibly apply to us too? Don’t we owe it to the God who created us to fight against injustice with every fibre of our being? Is it laziness, apathy or a lack of confidence that prevents us? What is it then??
    I am beginning to have a new respect for Jesuits. Yer man in Rome is one, there are a few in Ballymun and then there’s our Brian here. Men of action, not just words. (and yes, there are huge numbers of women who are as good…lest we forget!) :-)Pax.

  7. Mary J

    http://www.acireland.ie/injustice-in-the-church/
    Website looks great, good omen for the meeting on June 1st!