General

My American Speaking Tour

The schedule of my Speaking Tour in the United States has now been finalised. It covers eighteen cities in one month. The schedule is as follows:
Begins in Washington DC on October 22nd.
Then on to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Providence, Boston, Syracuse, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Memphis (3 day Call to Action conference, at which I am a keynote speaker), Sarasota, San Antonio, St. Louis, Phoenix, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, finishing on November 20th.

Croke Park and the Concerts

I am not a great fan of Garth Brooks, or of big concerts in general. Personally I have no strong feelings about the cancellation of the concerts, though I am sorry for all the people who had bought tickets, and were looking forward to the event. But the circumstances around this cancellation, I believe, highlight something about modern Ireland that I think is particularly unpleasant, and indeed destructive. I refer to the extraordinary level of negativity, how there are invariably people who object to everything and anything that is proposed and who organise opposition to it.

Bishops’ response to meeting with ACP regarding censored priests

About a month ago the leadership of the ACP met with three members of the Bishops Conference, and brought up a number of issues relating to the Irish Church. They asked them to bring their views to the full Conference, and to give a response. One of the issues raised was the question of censored priests. The Bishops response to this was as follows:

“The issue of censored priests was also reported.

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