20Mar Irish bishops have reverted to regime of ‘secrecy, aloofness and unaccountability’

Sean O’Connaill deplores the bishops’ lack of transparency on the funding and independence of the national body for child protection that they set up (the NSBCCC), and hopes for the day when bishops will be accountable to their people.

02Mar What Dublin Catholics think about marriage, divorce and re-marriage

Seamus Ahearne osa describes a dialogue that happened during Mass after the Gospel of Mark (10:1-12) was read last Friday morning

01Mar ‘The emperor has no clothes’: thoughts from a walk by the Tolka

Seamus Ahearne osa shares  reflections from his early-morning walk in the Tolka Valley Park in Dublin, where he exercises daily, planning the day, praying and sorting things out. Problems with the new Missal came to mind as he walked, and creative solutions appeared also,

25Feb ACP Leadership meet with reps of 75% of Irish dioceses

The ACP Leadership Team report on their meeting with representatives of ACP members in Irish dioceses on 25 February

20Feb Have the Iona Institute won a battle — and lost the war?

Brendan Hoban is saddened at the Iona Institute’s rush to the lawyers on being called ‘homophobic’, and contrasts it with the Institute’s earlier comments on the ACP, which did not lead to a legal remedy being sought (first published in the Western People).

14Feb ACP Leadership calls for transparency in the Irish Church

The ACP Leadership Team believes the Irish Bishops’ decision not to publish the results of the Synod Survey runs contrary to the spirit of openness being promoted by Pope Francis. (Contact details of Leadership Team are here)

08Feb It’s time for the bishops and the ACP to talk

Tony Flannery reflects on the remarkable exchange between the Austrian bishops and Pope Francis, in which the the bishops were challenged to stay in close contact with their priests. He calls for the Irish bishops to do likewise.

26Jan ACP Leadership decries Ruairi Quinn’s ‘unreflective comments’

The ACP Leadership Team responds to comments made by the Minister for Education, in which he suggested that time spent at religious instruction would more profitably be given over to core curriculum subjects.They call his comments “unhelpful, unwarranted and unacceptable”.

24Jan Tony Flannery’s lectures in Galway and Athenry spark vigourous debate

Tony Flannery reports on the first two events of his planned speaking engagements, under the title “Repairing a Damaged Church”.

24Jan Dublin priests’ responses to the Murphy Report are published

Pádraig McCarthy welcomes the publication of a survey of Dublin priests’ responses to the Murphy report, which was compiled by Alan Hilliard and published under the title ‘A Window on Murphy‘.