28Oct Silence implies Consent – We must Speak Up! 

We Are Church International (WACI) is inviting us to join in supporting Pope Francis.

28Oct Spiritfest – A positive experience of church

Mary Smiddy, a member of Killeagh-Inch Pastoral Council, was recently involved in a "Spiritfest" which ran the last weekend of September.
Here she gives a report on a very successful event.
"At a time when the church gets much negative publicity I feel that much that is good in our churches and parishes is not acknowledged or recognised. Because of that I would like to share some of our experiences and learning over the Spiritfest weekend.
The event illustrates the vibrancy, excitement and joy that can be found in parishes throughout the country and what is possible with a little planning, preparation and willingness to try something different while remaining true to our faith and traditions."

26Oct ACTA Conference, (the Catholic Church Reform Movement of England and Wales)

Tony Flannery reports on the conference in Birmingham organized by ACTA, the Catholic Church Reform Movement of England and Wales.
The main theme was to reflect on the future of parishes in the context of the rapid decline in numbers of priests available for ministry. 

22Oct We are Church – Reformation 500 Project

We Are Church International is asking all WAC Groups around the world to take part in an international action to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

11Aug Association of Catholic Priests Statement on the Permanent Diaconate

Association of Catholic Priests Statement on the Permanent Diaconate

Statement by Fr. Roy Donovan -"Deaconesses for Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly!"

Updated with link to interview with Roy Donovan on RTE Radio 1

25May “Reforming the Catholic Church” a talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

A talk by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ on “Reforming the Catholic Church”
2.00 pm Saturday 27 May 2017
The Arrupe Room
Jesuit Conference Centre Milltown Park.

10Mar Statement from the Association of Catholic Priests on the Apostolic Nuncio’s new appointment

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), in responding to the announcement that the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, has been transferred to Albania, wish him well in his new appointment.

10Feb Fundamental Rights in the Church

Tony Flannery reports on the work of a group, which formed following the Network of Reform Groups conference in Chicago last October, that is tasked to produce a Charter of Fundamental Rights for all members of the Church.

26Jan My Mass of Celebration

Updated 26/01/2017 with video link and further media coverage

Tony Flannery shares some thoughts on his Mass of Celebration, marking the occasion of his 70th birthday and 40 years of priesthood.
"The Mass, for me, was emotional, but beautiful. I have celebrated many big Masses over the years, at missions and novenas, but nothing that touched me to the core like this one."

Also included is some of the press coverage of the celebration.

13Jan Irish bishops divided on issue of married priests and women deacons

RTE is carrying a report that the Irish bishops' conference failed to reach consensus on proposals by the Bishop of Kilmore, Leo O'Reilly, to allow priests who left ministry to get married to return to priestly work and to consider lifting the bans on ordaining married men and female deacons.
Bishop O Reilly is to be commended for actually listening to the outcome of a 'listening process" he started with the people of Kilmore diocese.




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