Directory of Synodality Synthesis Reports in Ireland – 2022

Jun 9, 2022 | 2 comments


Irish Dioceses

Other Agencies and Organisations

Irish National Synodal Synthesis

Speaking Notes for Irish Delegation at the European Continental Assembly in Prague, Feb 2023


  1. Colm Holmes

    Thanks to ACI for this very useful directory!

  2. Francis Sheppard

    I am not holding my breath in the hope of seeing any noticeable changes happening any day soon.
    The 2nd Vatican council had the same idea but its naive intentions were instrumental in obliterating the church into different camps.
    Without real consultation. This is another attempt to re- jig the church to entice those who still believe and the new generation that is needed to keep the train moving. What has got to happen is that the church changes that format the church has held onto for centuries, discard the method of control and completely speak to the congregation in a way that both can benefit from. I suspect a lot of religious would also like to have the shackles removed. I witnessed a group of 9-10-year-olds listening to the PP. They hung off his every word. He then launched into a passage from the missal he was reading from. I have never ever seen a group of people disengage so quickly. From that moment on he had lost every one of them. The church has great resources. It must be afforded for the many not the few. The closing of schools is also something that must also be looked at. The desire to be educated by the RC church is still a great source of intention by an awful lot of people but campaigns by the faithful in these areas are met with total disdain and dismissal and the non-consultation of the people. There is more chance of the north blending with the south than the church emerging as Christ intended.
    I hope I am wrong.



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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.

For the full story of ACI's campaign for the honouring of Article 37 of Lumen Gentium, click here.


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