Has Archbishop Martin lost his courage?

Those of you who are acquainted with my views, as expressed in this blog, and also with the ACP website, will know that we came away from the Synodal Gathering in Athlone some weeks ago with a real sense of hope and expectation that significant change is afoot in our Church. From first becoming aware of Pope Francis’ idea of a Synodal process, I regarded it as something that could bring about a very new and different style of being Church.The

Memories, memories………

Memories, memories ………

Reeling in the Years two evening ago featured 2011. It brought back to me the fact that it proved to be a more significant year in my life than I thought at the time.

The programme mentioned the Cloyne Report on clerical abuse of minors in the Diocese of Cloyne in the south of Ireland. It was big news at the time, and led, later on in the year to the speech in the Dail by then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, attacking the Vatican in a very forthright way.

ACP Statement on Synodal Path in Ireland


The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) wishes to place on record our full support for the Irish Bishops’ adoption of the Synodal Pathway as the way forward for the Catholic Church in Ireland, as underlined in the recent representative meeting of the Irish Catholic Church in Athlone on June 18, 2022 and in their commitment to a national synod in a few years’ time.

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