Monthly Archives: November 2018

Killala Diocesan Assembly calls for ending of silencing of Priests

The Diocese of Killala, in North Mayo, conducted a very thorough listening exercise right across the diocese, which they termed a Diocesan Assembly.

At the completion of the exercise, which took some months, a number of resolutions were passed by large majorities. One of them, Resolution No. 8, had the following to say:

”That, because it is a source of anger and frustration for many Catholics and because it is bringing the Church into disrepute, we call on Church authorities to deal with the issue of priests who have been ‘silenced’ because they expressed opinions in accordance with their conscience, opinions being expressed by this assembly.

Am I suspended, or Not?


In my recent sojourn in the U.S. I came across a Canon Lawyer. We met over dinner on the evening of my arrival, with three other people in the company. This Canon Lawyer straight away launched into questioning me about my situation re the priesthood, and told me that if he had been dealing with my case it would have been long ago settled. I wasn’t passing too much remarks, since I had decided at an early stage not to go down the canon law route, reckoning that it would take years, and that I could find better ways to spend the later years of my life than wrangling with the Vatican.

ACP open letter to the Irish Bishops

This letter (below, and published on the ACP website) is a response from the ACP leadership meeting with the two bishops Martin earlier this year, and also the Papal visit in August.

In the eight years of our existence the ACP have tried constantly to get some worthwhile dialogue going with the Irish bishops. We have done this because we are passionately concerned for the future of our church, and since we represent a fair body of priests, we know that it would be much more beneficial to the church if we and the bishops worked together.

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