Category: Articles

Pope Francis One Year On – How is He Doing?

The UK based Catholic Magazine The Tablet have launched an online survey to gauge the feelings of Catholics around the world on Pope Francis’ first year as Pontiff. The survey can be accessed at the link below and takes no longer than five minutes to complete. Share the link with your friends and family far...

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Survey Results will not be Published says Irish Bishops

The Association of Catholic Priests regrets the Irish Bishops’ decision not to make public the results of the consultation they have conducted with the Irish people on the Vatican questionnaire (Irish Catholic, 13 February). Their statement that the results of the survey are ‘a matter for the Synod of Bishops and not for the local...

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Please Sign Third letter to Pope Francis (CCR)

January 31, 2014 To supporters of Catholic Church Reform:  A Gathering/Synod of the Faithful to be held in Rome CCR’s Advisory Group is proposing to hold a meeting in Rome October 2 and 3, two days prior to the start of the Extraordinary Synod called by Pope Francis. The intent is to gather there to...

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ACI Survey on Family and Marriage Results

Last December and January ACI invited members and interested parties the opportunity to contribute their opinions on key issues within our Church relating to marriage and family. The results of this survey have now been analysed and are presented in this report.   As you may already know, the questionnaire contained many open-ended questions so...

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Why do I bother? by Jo O’Sullivan

Click below to read Jo O’Sullivan’s latest blog:“Why do I bother ?”  

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Ian Elliott alleges ‘covert’ moves to weaken NBSCCC

For six years Ian Elliott was CEO of the Irish Catholic Church’s ‘National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Church’ (NBSCCC).  During that time he was responsible for imposing accountability for child protection on all Irish dioceses and religious orders.  A northern Presbyterian and a highly regarded child protection professional , he it...

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Pope is Firm in Reshaping the Vatican [New York Times]

Less than a year into his papacy, Pope Francis has raised expectations among the world’s one billion Roman Catholics that change is coming. Jason Horowitz and Jim Yardley report in the New York Times. Click here to read the article…

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A Fractured Family by Jo O’Sullivan

This week Jo O’Sullivan reflects upon dialogue within our church and compares the relationship to that of a ‘fractured family.’ Click here to read  a A Fractured Family and don’t forget to post your comments below…

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“Take Me To Church”

This week, former President Mary McAleese’s discontent with how gay and lesbian people are received in our Church was published. Also this week the Irish artist Hozier climbed international charts with his song Take Me to Church. Accompanied with a dramatic video, this song laments on how unwelcome some souls feel when at church. Mary Anne...

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Life After Veronica by Michael Quinn

The following article, written by Michael Quinn an ACI member, was recently published in the Irish Examiner. It touchingly describes his experience of losing his 23-year-old daughter Veronica. Based in Newry but originally from Cork, Michael and his wife Terri founded the parent-support charity The Family Caring Trust. The Family Caring Trust provides quality parenting resources...

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