ACP welcomes bishops’ publication of survey results
The Association of Catholic Priests welcomes the summary, published by the Irish Bishops, of the results of the questionnaire commissioned by the Vatican, and conducted in various dioceses around the country. We believe it is important, if people are asked for their opinion, that the results be made known. We note the similarity between the responses published by the bishops and those that came through the version of the survey conducted in our own website, and also the similarity of both with the many results we have now heard from different parts of the world.
We believe that it is now beyond dispute that there is a serious gap, call it a disconnect, between official Church teaching on family, relationships and sexuality, and the beliefs and practice of the Catholic people. This is a serious problem, and it constitutes a big challenge to the whole Church, but especially to the people who will gather for the Synod on the Family scheduled for next October.
It would be very desirable if all of us who care deeply for our Church, lay, clergy and bishops, could come together and search for ways in which this gap or disconnect could be bridged.