Sarah Mac Donald, a freelance writer based in Dublin, reports for NCR on the recent meeting of Catholic reform groups in Limerick.
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."
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.
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.
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?
Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, in a recent homily commented on 'Evangelii Gaudium', the recent apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. He said that Pope Francis has called for a Church which ‘goes forth’, for a Church which as a spiritual home keeps its doors permanently open.
For this, he said, we need, more than anything else now, trained and committed personnel on the ground. Priests, of course, but also full and part time lay evangelists.
Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) Open Information Event, Belfast, Saturday 6th December 2014
"Helping the Church to become self-critical:
Why the laity are best equipped for this role"
Stones still Standing
Chris McDonnell reflects on the recent synod.
We don’t deny the faith of earlier generations by asking that question".
Chris is a retired head teacher having taught in London, Leeds and on Merseyside. Married with three children and eight grandchildren. He is a regular contributor to discussion in the catholic press, journals and blogs.
Kathleen McDonnell in her address at Claremorris explained why she and others in Killaloe diocese felt compelled to speak out against the introduction of the male only permanent diaconate.
Survey on permanent (male only) diaconate