23Jan My Mass of Celebration

Tony Flannery shares some thoughts on his Mass of Celebration, marking the occasion of his 70th birthday and 40 years of priesthood.
"The Mass, for me, was emotional, but beautiful. I have celebrated many big Masses over the years, at missions and novenas, but nothing that touched me to the core like this one."

Also included is some of the press coverage of the celebration.

23Jan ACP Website

ACP Website – (Information from Google Analytics)

20Jan ACP respond to Archbishop’s ‘ad limina’ comments and the letter of the bishops to the ACP

The leadership team of the ACP have issued a strong response to comments made about the state of the catholic church in Ireland by Archbishop Eamon Martin. They say that the Archbishop’s 'ad limina" comments 'bear little relationship to the realities of Irish Church life today'.
They have also commented on the letter received from the Irish bishops' conference. The letter is seen as an attempt to 'pull the plug’ on engagement with the ACP and 'to still the voice of an association that represents over a third of Irish priests (1000-plus) who are prepared to name important and difficult truths at a critical time for the Irish Church.'

05Jan Tony Flannery at 70

Tony Flannery, on his own web-site, announced his decision to say a Public Mass in Killimordaly Community Centre on Sunday, 22 January, at 2.30pm to mark the occasion of his 70th birthday.

03Jan Continued Press Coverage of AGM

Continuing press coverage of our AGM - care of priests, increasing workload, risk of depression and suicide, need for change of rules.

13Dec Audio Recordings – ACP Events

Audio recordings of ACP events available from eist.ie

02Dec On-going media coverage of our AGM

Sarah Mac Donald reports on our recent AGM in the National Catholic Reporter.
The stark, and all too real, picture painted by Brendan Hoban is extensively quoted. We can only hope that this article and other media coverage will encourage all to conduct 'a reasonable conversation' and consider the "right to consideration, acknowledgement, support, encouragement and, above all, respect," that priests are entitled to.
Brendan is further quoted; "Priests who have served the church for so long deserve no less and it's time to start a reasonable conversation about this."

28Nov Visit of Pope Francis; Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests

Statement of the Association of Catholic Priests welcoming the proposed visit of Pope Francis

24Nov The “new” Missal; We can do better

The issues with the 'new' Missal are ongoing for us in the ACP. Difficulties continue to be experienced by so many people with the "new translation" of the Roman Missal. The ACP has decided to highlight the fact that there was, and is, a ready alternative available.
The ACP is making available the prayers for the Advent and Christmas seasons along with the Order of the Mass from the 1998 Missal in a printed format. The opening prayer, prayer over gifts, prefaces and prayer after communion are also available at the weekly 'Liturgy Preparation' page on our site.

18Nov Irish priests: Guilt by association is unfair and unjust (Irish Times)

The editorial in today's Irish Times, following the Annual General Meeting of the ACP, is interesting and is to be welcomed, even if it is, to be honest, somewhat of a surprise.




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