Invitation to sign a resolution passed at ACP meeting in Athlone on 20th Feb 2013

Preamble: The Synod on Justice 1971

This Synod produced the document, the Practice of Justice, which emphasised that the Catholic Church act justly towards all its members, if it to have credibility in preaching on Justice.

The document stresses that everyone has a right to suitable freedom of expression and thought and affirms that in any form of judicial procedure the accused should have the right to know his accusers and also the right to a proper defence.


On Wednesday, February 20th 2013, about 250 priest members of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) met in Athlone to discuss the challenges faced by priests in Ireland today.

Towards the end of the meeting Seán McDonagh proposed the following motion:

In the light of the above teaching from the Synod of Bishop in 1971, we the undersigned ask the Irish Bishops’ Conference to meet, as soon as possible, with those Irish priests who have been censured by the Vatican in recent year. The purpose of the meeting would be to request the Bishops’ Conference to enter into discussions with the CDF to :

To (explore) how best to resolve the matters that have led to the censuring of the priests and;

To set up local mediation structures to address any such issues in the future.

We would like to see this happen as a matter of urgency.

The motion was carried unanimously.

The following have already signed the resolution.


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