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Bishop pays tribute to Fr Brendan Hoban at book launch

ACP priest flies the flag for a Church which is "still capable of contributing to debate in the public forum, which is deeply committed to pastoral care and open to looking at its own life, as well as challenging its leadership.”


Cleared priest warns bishops over anonymous accusations

“I have received a detailed signed retraction and admission that lies were told and a signed apology. My legal fees were paid and a generous donation was paid to my nominated charity, Aware.”


ACP urge Irish bishops to hold a national synod

“The Church is at a cross-roads,” he said, “and we could get stuck at the cross-roads unless we decide to respond proactively”.


Pope Francis to wash the feet of 12 refugees

A change in the rules made at the request of the Pope means women may now officially be among those whose feet are washed.


Bishop who suffered immensely recalled at funeral

The society in which Bishop O'Mahony lived “ignored the principle of equity - audi alteram partem - hear the other side": Bishop Eamon Walsh.


CPMSA and Bishops’ Council back NCCA consultation

Some concerns that new programme will "adversely affect religious instruction and a faith-based school’s characteristic spirit.”


Catholics petition Pope to keep parishes open

“The problem in Ireland is clustering of parishes, leading to added pressure on aging priests, and formation of bigger, more impersonal, units.”


PP warns only catholic parents can choose to divest

The real demand in Ireland is not for secular schools but for school places and providing adequate places is the responsibility, not of the Catholic Church, but of the State.


Trinity College chapel hosts lecture on Laudato Si

Columban missionary Fr Sean McDonagh to give lecture in TCD and lead summer school on Clare Island exploring the beauty of God's creation.


CSTV to live stream Bill O’Herlihy’s funeral

High profile broadcaster described Vatican's treatment of Fr Tony Flannery as an "outrageous injustice".


ACP won’t be adopting position on referendum

Association of Catholics in Ireland host ‘Open Forum on the Family’.


Religious urged to get involved in tobacco row

Japan Tobacco International planning to take the Government to court over its attempts to introduce plain tobacco containers.


Priests influential in bishops selection: Nuncio

“There is no group that is more influential in the process than priests. They are even more influential than bishops."


Church will introduce married priests within 20 years

ACP's Fr Brendan Hoban warns, it is “now mathematically certain that Irish priests are an endangered species."


ACP writes to Pope Francis about Fr Tony Flannery

The CDF has never communicated directly with Fr Flannery or afforded him an opportunity to explain his position, ACP leadership tell Pontiff.


ACP appeal to bishops over vocations crisis

Dominican warns priests' association that they are contributing to the vocations crisis.


ACP critical of appointment of Judge Murphy

Call for Fergal Sweeney’s findings on the Murphy Report to be considered before the terms of reference for the investigation into mother and baby homes are established.


Priest and two deacons ordained in Tuam and Dromore

Archbishop of Tuam plays down Association of Catholic Priests’ claims over vocations crisis.


Bishops and ACP discuss vocations crisis

Radical proposals include ordination of women as deacons, inviting back men who left priesthood to marry and ordination of married men of good standing.


ACP agm to focus on priestless parishes

Total number of priests in Irish Church has fallen by over 400 in less than seven years.


Abuse survivors slate ACP’s ‘mistake’ euphemism

Exclusion of elderly priests from ministry because of a 'mistake' in earlier life questioned.


Church reform groups seek meeting with Pope Francis

End use of Communion as a reward for doctrinal orthodoxy letter urges Pontiff.


ACP criticises failure to publish survey findings

"Secretive approach confirms need for Irish Catholic Church to learn value of transparency.”


Priest calls on bishops to open talks with ACP

“The days of fear, of secrecy, of oppression are happily in the past."


New group aims to build fraternity among priests

The Irish Confraternity of Catholic Clergy says it is not in competition with the ACP.


Priests Association accuse Minister of undermining religious education

Faith formation should be part of educational curriculum, though sacramental preparation may shift to parish.


Review of missal on the cards according to liturgist

Fr Paddy Jones highlights scholarly and pastoral criticism of the new translation.


ACP publishes simplified version of Vatican survey

Irish Bishops criticised for not promoting wide-ranging questionnaire.


Concern for priests’ safety following spate of robberies

Cardinal Brady held meeting with Gardaí and PSNI to outline his concerns over violent raids.


Fr Flannery dismayed by Cardinal Levada’s comments

Retired Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith claims Fr Flannery guilty of heresy.

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