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Abuse survivor fears February summit won’t deliver concrete action plans

Marie Collins tells We Are Church gathering, “If there is no consistent agreement across the Church as to what is sexual abuse of a minor, then how can we have any hope of consistent handling of the issue?”

2019.01.15.

Reform group says Irish lay Catholics should nominate new bishops

Episcopal vacancies are an opportunity for the Church in Ireland to lay new foundations, says We Are Church Ireland.

2019.01.13.

Vocations will be a priority for Bishop-elect Duffy

“We have to face the fact that at the moment there are [fewer] priests than we were used to, and this has an effect on how parishes operate. Obviously, there is a whole richness within the laity that hasn’t been tapped into.”

2018.12.11.

Bishop of Ossory laments “very clerical” Irish Church

There is “little sense of mission within the Catholic Church in Ireland” and no sense of what that mission should be, Bishop Dermot Farrell tells conference in Kilkenny.

2018.11.27.

Diocesan Pastoral Council for Kildare to move laity from spectators to players

“Unless there is a radical reappraisal of what a parish community should be, there can be no real progress.” —Bishop Denis Nulty

2018.11.24.

Theologian hails Irish ecclesiology for a Church in crisis

“In effect, a synodal Church seeks to invert the pyramid, to create a sense of all being on the road together” – Mgr Dermot Lane in his address to launch book by Jesuit theologian Fr Gerry O’Hanlon.

2018.07.18.

Pope Francis “has gradually been putting women into positions of power”

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life tells Intercom "the Roman Curia is overloaded with clerics, and it shouldn’t be like that.”

2018.07.10.

“The campaign to protect the lives of unborn children has only just begun”

Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore speaks to pilgrims in Knock about the outcome of the abortion referendum and pays tribute to “the army of people, young and old, who campaigned to retain the Eighth Amendment”.

2018.06.19.

Funeral Mass for Bishop Christy Jones takes place in Sligo today

"Bishop Christy discharged his ministry at a time of seismic and rapid change both in civil society and in the church family."

2018.05.22.

It’s time for lay leadership in Limerick, says Bishop Leahy

The declining numbers of available clergy and religious lend a sense of urgency to this development.

2018.02.05.

Is it time for the Church to celebrate a Year of the Laity?

“We now have an educated laity, perceptive of social change, anxious to play a part in the mission of the Church. We are foolish to ignore them.”

2017.09.05.

Primate concerned that hard borders accentuate differences

Archbishop Eamon Martin worried that a return to borders, checkpoints and customs could “play into the hands of those who would exploit it”.

2017.06.13.

Radical reappraisal of what parishes might look like is needed: Bishop

At the annual Chrism Mass, Dr Nulty said he was “acutely aware of the ... strains that exist ... where the age profile of the priesthood continues to rise, and where sometimes even to organise relief cover is next to impossible”.

2017.04.12.

“The crisis is so grave that we need all hands on deck”

Jesuit theologian Fr Gerry O’Hanlon argues that a synodal form of church at all levels is urgently needed to salvage the Catholic faith in Ireland.

2017.01.24.

Irish-born bishop to head up Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

New Vatican department which Bishop Kevin Farrell leads will join together the competencies of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family.

2016.08.18.

Teams of priests to now serve Limerick parishes

New approach will see priests work across different parishes and while there won’t necessarily be a priest living in every parish, there will be a parish priest for every parish.

2016.07.06.

Five parishes in Kerry diocese without a resident priest

Over the coming year the diocese will see Sean Jones ordained a priest - exactly ten years since the last priestly ordination in Kerry.

2016.07.05.

Diocese of Ossory appoints Pastoral Plan Co-ordinator

Appointee to support work of parishes and offer vision and leadership to enable priests and people make needed changes to allow parishes continue to be vibrant faith communities.

2016.06.04.

“We are looking at how we reimagine the Church”

Limerick diocesan visit to Paris looked at how parishes there have dealt with the vocations decline and changing arrangements in the past decades.

2016.02.03.

Schedule for Pope Francis’s visit to Africa unveiled

Irish missionary, Fr Eddie Murphy, believes the papal visit will highlight the extent to which the Church in Africa is dynamic and still growing.

2015.10.19.

Pope appeals to laity for more active engagement

Pontiff to celebrate outdoor Mass for over a million pilgrims at World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

2015.09.27.

Dana to address Cursillo 30th anniversary celebration

Cursillo was introduced into Derry Diocese in 1985 and to date over 5,000 people have experienced a Cursillo weekend.

2015.09.07.

Cardinal Pell speaks about role of laity in Cork

Pope Francis' "support is indispensable" to the Secretariat for the Economy Australian Prefect states.

2015.07.09.

ACI & Archbishop discuss marriage and the family

The bishops are to set up a special review group to examine how best the Church can continue to support marriage and family life in Ireland.

2015.06.14.

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."

2015.02.27.

Armagh initiates discussions ahead of Synod

Office of Pastoral Renewal and Family Ministry to facilitate public gatherings in 17 pastoral areas where responses will be sought to the questions posed in Lineamenta.

2015.01.21.

Change guest list for next year’s Synod: ACI

“In a more equal Church there would be lay people involved in determining the guest list as well as on it,” married couple tell ACI conference.

2014.10.22.

Women must be more involved in Church’s decision-making

"We must discover ways and structures to do so," Bishop Brendan Leahy suggests.

2013.12.14.

We Are Church nominate two women for Synod on Family

WACI challenges Synod to include lay participants such as Mary McAleese and Gina Menzies.

2013.11.29.

ACP AGM to discuss new study on Murphy Report findings

Study carried out by a legal expert.

2013.10.22.
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