Statement of Objectives

Association of Catholics in Ireland
Following Christ, Changing Church
Ar lorg Chríost chuig Eaglais athnuaite

The Association of Catholics in Ireland ACI is committed to the pursuit of a reform and renewal
agenda in the Irish Catholic Church based on the letter and spirit of Vatican II. We are committed to
helping to re-build (through words and deeds) a united Church based on the teachings of Jesus Christ
– a Church that is inclusive, compassionate, accepts the equality of all believers by virtue of their
baptism and acknowledges its failures.

The ACI is committed to the renewal of the Catholic faith in the changed and changing circumstances
of the 21st Century and to the reform of the institutional church which, at this time, is experiencing
conflict, crisis, and lack of credibility.

The ACI believes in particular:

  • that the Spirit speaks through the voices of all the baptised (clerical, religious and lay).
  • in the consequent right of all the baptised to have their voices heard in the formation of church teaching and to participate fully in the life of the Church, including decision-making at parish, diocesan, national and international levels.
  • in the need for new and appropriate structures at parish, diocesan, national and international levels to facilitate the full involvement of the baptised lay faithful as ‘partners’ in the renewal of our Faith and the reform of our Church in the 21st Century.

The ACI is committed to working collaboratively with all who share these values to bring about:

  • a renewed understanding of the primacy of the individual conscience.
  • the full participation of women in every aspect of the Church.
  • a recognition of the wisdom of God’s people in the shaping of Catholic teaching, especially in the areas of sexuality, ecumenism and ecology.
  • social justice in accordance with gospel values, both within church and society.

Membership of the ACI is open to all who share the above objectives, click here to join us now!


ACI Submission to Irish Bishops’ Conference 1st Oct, 2020

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