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Another Participants account of the Conference in Limerick


What happened in Limerick should not stay in Limerick: 2ndinternational meeting of priest associations and lay reform groups take up the tough questions


Dear Deb  


From April 13 – 17, 2015, thirty-eight Catholics from priestassociations and church reform organizations across ten countries met in Limerick, Ireland to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the Church today and to work together for change.   

Another Reflection on the Limerick Conference: by Kate MccElwee

The Power of  Broken Hearts:: a short refllection on the Limerick Conference

April 17, 2015 by 

Between Easter and Pentecost, International Church Reformers gathered for four days in Limerick without a strict agenda. The intention was to get to know each other, share ideas about Church reform, and explore ways of supporting each other in our work structurally and at the grassroots. We began our time together answering why we accepted this invitation, and then why we really accepted this invitation.  

The CDF and the American Nuns

The sudden ending of the investigation of the Leadership of the American Nuns by the Vatican is, in my view, a really significant event. I suspect that when we look back, it will stand out as one of the seminal moments in the papacy of Francis.

Despite some of the content of the final document, this is clearly a major climb-down by the CDF. Some things had to be put in, some signs of the ‘apparent’ success of the CDF’s crackdown, in order that their credibility would not be totally destroyed.  

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