“Go and Tell” : The Prophetic Voice of Women

Mar 28, 2024 | 1 comment

“Go and Tell”

The Prophetic Voice of Women
in and to the Catholic Church

Gráinne Doherty

ZOOM – Thu (Date Pending) – 8.00 p.m.

Positioned on the margins of systems of power, the prophet is identified with, on the one hand, giving voice to the pain and fragility of such systems while, on the other hand, holding out a deep hope and belief in the values of the reign of God. From their own marginalised position – and continuing the prophetic legacy of many women in both the scriptures and in church tradition – many Catholic women are a prophetic presence in today’s church.

In this talk, Gráinne Doherty explores both the isolation and the power of women’s prophetic witness and voice in, and to, the Catholic church.


Dr. Gráinne Doherty works in pastoral ministry, adult faith formation, and facilitation. Prior to becoming self-employed, Gráinne was part of the Theology department in All Hallows College (Dublin) for many years, while also working in pastoral leadership at both parish and diocesan level. Her Veritas publication Joy of Love: A Family Perspective (2018) is a book of spiritual reflections and prayers which situates the writings of Pope Francis in the reality of family experience today.


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  1. Soline Humbert

    I am very much looking forward to listening to Gráinne’ s talk. We need voices of inspiration and hope such as hers.


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ACI’s Campaign for Lumen Gentium 37

The Promise of Synodality

What we have experienced of synodality so far gives ACI real hope that a longstanding structural injustice in the church may at last be acknowledged and overcome.

As all Irish bishops well know, the 'co-responsibility' they urge lay people to share - as numbers and energies of clergy decline - has been sabotaged time and again by canonical rules that deny representational authority and continuity to parish pastoral councils.  ACI's 2019 call for the immediate honouring of Lumen Gentium Article 37 becomes more urgent by the day and is supported by the following documents - also presented to the ICBC in October 2019.

The Common Priesthood of the People of God and the Renewal of the Church
It was Catholic parents and victims of clerical abuse who taught Catholic Bishops to prioritise the safeguarding of children in the church

Jesus as Model for the Common Priesthood of the People of God
It was for challenging religious hypocrisy and injustice that Jesus was accused and crucified. He is therefore a model for the common priesthood of the laity and for the challenging of injustice - in society and within the church.

A Suggested Strategy for the Recovery of the Irish and Western Catholic Church
Recovery of the church depends upon acknowledgment of the indispensable role of the common priesthood of the lay people of God and the explicit abandonment by bishops and clergy of paternalism and clericalism - the expectation of deference from lay people rather than honesty and integrity.

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"Come Holy Spirit, Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen."

Saint Pope John XXIII, 1962 - In preparation for Vatican Council II, 1962-65.

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