‘Lumen Gentium 37’ Campaign

Concerned by a preliminary overview of the returns from ACI members on lay involvement in the life of Irish parishes (See ‘Lay Involvement Research’) and more especially by the situation in his own parish of St John’s, Coleraine, Diocese of Derry – ACI steering group member Sean O’Conaill produced a short video on this in August 2019, ‘The Laity Have the Right …‘, now published on YouTube.

The ACI steering group then decided to make this video the centre-point of a plan to hold a brief Convocation at Maynooth College on October 1st, 2019 – to emphasise to the coinciding Autumn meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference the crucial need to honour  Vatican II intentions for the laity – and especially the right of the Irish laity to ‘institutions’ established for the purpose of proper communication between people and clergy, as affirmed by Article 37 of the Vatican II document ‘Lumen Gentium‘.

This campaign is ongoing, and its genesis is explained in more detail on Sean O’Conaill’s own site, Lumen Gentium 37.

To explain this campaign to the Irish Bishops’ Conference the steering group wrote to its episcopal secretary, Archbishop Leo O’Reilly on Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, enclosing documents relating to the realisation of the importance of the common priesthood of the people of God in renewing the church.  These can be viewed here.