07Jul Are our bishops disinterested in the Francis tide?

Brendan Hoban, in his weekly Western People column, asks is there any silence like the silence of the Irish bishops in response to Francis’ reforming agenda?
The difficult truth is that, while technically Pope Francis is all-powerful and can introduce any changes he wants the reality is, change will be blocked and is being blocked by those who see their power and influence placed at risk.

06Jul Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) responding to the letter of reply from the Irish bishops to the ACP submissions at a meeting with representatives of the Irish bishops on 04 June, 2014.

The response of the Irish Bishops to our meeting of 04 June last (with Bishops Boyce, Drennan and McKeown) is disappointing and disheartening.

Leadership demands a much more open and creative engagement with the issues addressed in the June 4 meeting.

28May Statement of the Austrian Pastors’ Intitiative on the Excommunication of Martha and Gert Heizer

This decision is a fatal signal for all who are hoping, together with Pope Francis, for a kind Church that is close to the people.

23May Head of ‘We Are Church’ in Austria excommunicated by Pope Francis

Abigail Frymann, Christa Pongratz-Lippitt writing in The Tablet report on the excommunication of Martha Heizer, the leader of ‘We are Church’ in Austria.

22May Irish Hierarchy being remade in image of Pope Benedict

Kevin Hegarty, writing in The Mayo News, in the light of recent additions to the Irish episcopal bench raises the topic of the appointment of bishops. Who should do the appointing?

28Apr Statement concerning the reported lifting of sanctions on Fr. Sean Fagan

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) welcomes reports emanating from Rome that  all restrictions have been lifted from Marist priest, Fr Sean Fagan.

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