ACI ‘Lumen Gentium 37’ Campaign

Promising in 1964 church structures through which lay people could communicate their pastoral needs – and if necessary their conscientious criticism – to their pastors, Article 37 of Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium (see farthest below) was never implemented in Ireland. The disastrous scandals the Irish church has suffered since 1994 were therefore a result of organisational inertia since 1964 as well as the ‘cover up’ of clerical sexual abuse – and this problem lies at the root of the Irish church’s current deep crisis of priestly manpower also.

ACI is therefore committed to the full honouring of Lumen Gentium 37, and began a campaign in that cause in 2019. Below, with latest news at the top, and earliest steps at the base, is a dated list of steps taken so far.

With the Covid 19 pandemic now in 2020 accentuating a church crisis that was already ominous beforehand, ACI’s approach to the Irish Bishops’ Conference in October 2019 has been proven prophetic and timely.  Facing the additional danger of a viral pandemic, we remind the conference of our submissions in 2019 – and await a response.

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Could your small church be closed, with no prior opportunity for you to speak?

Lumen Gentium Article 37 (1964)

Like all Christians, the laity have the right to receive in abundance the help of the spiritual goods of the Church, especially that of the word of God and the sacraments from the pastors.

To the latter the laity should disclose their needs and desires with that liberty and confidence which befits children of God and brothers of Christ.

By reason of the knowledge, competence or pre‑eminence which they have the laity are empowered ‑ indeed sometimes obliged ‑ to manifest their opinion on those things which pertain to the good of the Church.

…through the institutions established by the Church for that purpose …

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