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“Respect diverse views”: Pope Francis to Vatican Theological Commission

Pope Francis has instructed the Vatican’s  international theological commission to listen to a wide diversity of views. “Along with the entire Christian people, the theologian opens his eyes and ears to the ‘signs of the times,’ ” said the pope, quoting the Second Vatican Council document Gaudium et Spes. “He is called to ‘hear, distinguish...

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Archbishop Martin calls for national summit on homelessness

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called for a public summit to address the need for emergency accommodation for homeless people. He said the capital was “deeply divided”, with rejoicing at increased spending over the Christmas period contrasted with many facing homelessness and hunger. Click here for Archbishop Martin’s statement on the ICBC site....

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Report to ACI Members on meeting with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on October 2nd 2014

A group of delegates, representing ACI members living in the Dublin Diocese*,  met with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in Drumcondra. The delegation expressed their appreciation to Archbishop Martin of the opportunity to discuss with him the upcoming Vatican Synod on the Family on the day before he left for the Synod. Following introductions, the ACI delegation...

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ACI North Wicklow – Minutes of Meeting 8th October 2014

The meeting opened with a Moment of Silence for listening to Spirit deep within us at this crisis period in Church, with Synod on Family in progress. This was followed by a short prayer.   Outline of Meeting Agenda • Planning of ACI Wicklow Eucharistic Celebration • Report on ACI meeting with Archbishop Martin •...

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Bruton questions 1916 commemoration on ‘Just War’ grounds

Former Irish Taoiseach John Bruton has questioned the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin – on the grounds that the rising would not have satisfied the conditions for a just war required by Catholic teaching.  Read More in this Irish Times article under a new tab.

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Next on Pope Francis’ agenda: Curia reform, personnel moves, a revamped synod

Robert Mickens predicts that Pope Francis may now push forward with further reforms to the curia, to strengthen the push toward collegiality. Pope Francis told bishops attending the recent Synod of Bishops on the family to speak their minds freely and boldly during the two-week-long assembly. And so they did, at least a good many...

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Will Irish Bishops open up discussion with their people now?

‘Time for bishops to imitate Francis on consulting priests and laity’ – Thomas Reese. The most remarkable event at the synod on the family occurred at the very beginning, when Pope Francis encouraged bishops to speak frankly, even if they disagreed with him. Now that the synod process has moved to local bishops’ conferences and dioceses,...

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Change guest list for 2015 Synod: ACI members

Patricia Higgins and Seamus O’Gorman call for more than just consultation of families for the next Vatican synod on the family in 2015 – as reported by ‘Catholic Ireland’.

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The Irish Catholic Church of the Future

To be relevant in the 21st century the Irish Catholic Church needs to become more educated, warm, welcoming, diverse, socially committed, ecumenical and sacramentally vibrant. This was the message given by Trinity College Theology Professor Siobhan Garrigan to a large gathering of members of the ACI in the Regency Hotel, Dublin on October 11th –...

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Upcoming Synod of Bishops is about more than just marriage and family

A Roman Observer: For his first column for the NCR, Robert Mickens, a longtime Vatican observer, tells us what to expect when the synod on the family opens this weekend.

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