22Sep A Comment on the Comments (or not)

Seamus Ahearne encourages all of us to share more of our thoughts and opinions on our ACP website.
" In some ways, no one should be let into priesthood unless they can use words, speak up/out, and write. The routine of each day, challenges us to write."

20Sep A Crisis of Conscience

Chris McDonnell, writing in the Catholic Times, uses his UK perspective on Brexit to reflect on those who are faced with a crisis of conscience.

18Sep Association of Catholics in Ireland – call on bishops to consider Lumen Gentium

Association of Catholics in Ireland in a press release call on Irish bishops to consider Lumen Gentium 37 at their autumn meeting on October 1st.

16Sep New Cardinals: The men are the message

Thomas Reese SJ in the National Catholic Reporter gives an insight into the significance of the recent appointments of ten new Cardinal electors by Pope Francis.

15Sep Spiritfest 2019

Tim Hazelwood draws our attention to Spiritfest 2020.
The opening is an interesting talk by Dr. Marie Keenan on 'Restorative Justice - Learning to Move On and Heal'

12Sep Women in the Church – Public Meeting

The Association of Catholic Priests will host a public meeting on
Women in the Church on Saturday 05 October 2019 at 2.00 p.m. in DCU, Dublin

Speakers: Sharon Tighe-Mooney and Mary McAleese (in an interview with Gerry O'Connor cssr)
All welcome

08Sep “The Women the Vatican Couldn’t Silence”

"The Women the Vatican Couldn't Silence"
Mary McAleese and Sr. Joan Chittister in conversation at 2.00pm on Saturday, 02 November, 2019 in Trinity College Dublin.
We are Church Ireland are celebrating the awarding of Europe's most prestigious Alfons Auer prize for Ethics to Mary McAleese!

31Aug Lost for Words when God Whispers

Seamus Ahearne lets his mind (and fingers on the laptop) wander as he explores how we find God in those moments when God whispers to us. Seamus like many found inspiration from the late Fr. Tony Coote.
"Tony Coote’s ‘Walk while you can’ and his book ‘Live while you can’ stirred many of us. He put the spirit into us with his courage, his honesty and his ability to find hope. He saw God and treasure in the midst of Motor Neurone Disease. So yes. ‘Wow’ and ‘Amazing’ is sometimes all we can respond. God-moments and Good- moments are precious. Treasure them as Tony did."

29Aug ‘Climate Change and Biodiversity: Impossible Challenge for the Modern World?’

With the fires burning in the Amazon We Are Church look forward to seeing you at our next meeting with Sr Nellie McLaughlin who is a passionate environmentalist!
Venue: Mercy International Centre, 64A Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm to 9.15pm
Date: Monday 09 September 2019

22Aug Another Beginning?

Brendan Hoban in the current edition of Studies gives an honest assessment of the current state of the Church in Ireland and says "that ongoing change is now a permanent reality for the Catholic Church". Brendan also posits a possible way forward based on the reality of the situation but reminds us that by rejecting the reality of change we are "by extension, rejecting the possibility of reshaping a different church."
Our thanks to the Editor of Studies, Bruce Bradley SJ, for permission to publish this article on our website.

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