17Sep Beyond “Viri Probati”

The problem of the shortage of priests is not new, nor is it confined to Europe.
TEAMS OF ELDERS: Moving Beyond “Viri Probati”, was published in 2007 by Bishop Fritz Lobinger.
We carry a review of his book by Michael Shackleton published in 2008 in "The Southern Cross", South Africa's Catholic Weekly.
Bishop Fritz Lobinger is the retired bishop of Aliwal, South Africa.
He has also expressed his opinions in the second article that we carry as published in U.S. Catholic.

14Sep Camouflaging an inevitable reality.

Brendan Hoban writing in his Western People column warns that we need to be careful about the consequences of some proposed solutions to the ever growing shortage of priests in Ireland. Importing priests, he tells us, just kicks the issue of celibacy down the road again.

10Sep Catholics Call on Pope Francis to Keep Parishes Open

Press release by the International Network of Reform Movements.

26May ‘Where is love in the Lineamenta’?

Press Release by the Association of Catholics in Ireland concerning the forthcoming Synod on Family .
" a synod without the significant involvement of married laity will lack authority."

12May An open letter to Pope Francis

As a result of the 2nd international meeting of priest associations and lay reform groups that recently took place in Limerick an open letter has been sent to Pope Francis.
"Pope Francis, we – priests and deacons, ministers and Church citizens, women and men – need you! We appeal to you to clear the way for new forms of parish life, their ministry and management. Let us open the priestly office to everyone who has the charism. Let us develop new management models and forms of pastoral ministry so that parishioners can participate according to their charisms. Let us establish a new culture of co-responsibility and joint decision-making in all structures of our Church. Let us remember how Jesus understood and lived community. God’s spirit compels us. Let us be courageous and tackle this together!"

28Apr Lay reform groups discuss equality of women, church governance at international meeting

Sarah Mac Donald, a freelance writer based in Dublin, reports for NCR on the recent meeting of Catholic reform groups in Limerick.

28Apr Disaffection with Disconnection

Brendan Hoban in his most recent Western People column wonders when the limits to loyalty will reach breaking point for Irish Catholics. "The Catholic Church, as bishops and sometimes parish priests remind us, is not a democracy but if people are used to their opinions being taken seriously in every other walk of life, they tend to raise a collective eyebrow when the Catholic Church decides that decision-making is confined to a tiny elite."

23Apr What happened in Limerick should not stay in Limerick

Deborah Rose-Milavec reports on www.futurechurch.org about the 2nd international meeting of priest associations and lay reform groups that recently took place in Limerick.

17Apr New Era – Last chance: Catholic Priests Associations and Reform Groups unite in International Conference in Limerick, Ireland

Press statement following international conference in Limerick, hosted by ACP, that brought together over 30 Catholic priests and church citizens from Ireland, Austria, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Slovakia, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.

09Dec Vatican asks for wide input on 2015 synod, not based on doctrine

Joshua J. McElwee, NCR's Vatican correspondent, reports on the latest request from the Vatican in preparation for Synod 2015.
Will our bishops' conference be better organised, and willing, this time in getting the views of 'all levels' of church in Ireland?