Synodality, the Parish and Climate Change: Sean McDonagh – Jan 27th, 2022

Dec 11, 2021 | 3 comments

Synodality, the Parish and Climate Change

Seán McDonagh SSC

Supported by the Association of Catholic Priests

Zoom – Jan 27th 2022 – 8.00 p.m.

As the global climate crisis deepens, so does the crisis of the Irish Catholic church – intensified unexpectedly by a viral pandemic.

Faced also with understanding and implementing synodality – a new relationship centred on communion, co-responsibility and mission – Irish parish clergy and lay people are challenged by the understandable indifference of younger generations, who are often more alive to the global climate issue.

Meanwhile Pope Francis complains about the fixation of too many on issues of sexuality – while he is also the first pope to appreciate the full importance of the environmental crisis. Advised on the topic of biodiversity by the globally recognised expertise of Columban father Sean McDonagh, the pope’s 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ is now a landmark in church teaching and climate awareness.

Could a parish focus on the climate issue now also be a key part of the solution to the synodality conundrum in Ireland – to convince younger generations, and clergy, that faith and climate justice need one another?

Convinced that parishes can play a key role in meeting Ireland’s carbon reduction targets in the 21st century – and that climate concern needs to be a vital focus of the Irish church – Fr Sean McDonagh will Zoom on this theme on January 27th, 2022, at 8.00 p.m. 

Click the link below to join the discussion on Jan 27th at 8.00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 830 0771 7613
Passcode: 298337


  1. Lloyd Allan MacPherson

    Hope this will be available for out-of-towners…

    In local news, it looks like the environmental cover-up in my region is so deep, it will require an official complaint to be filed with the Dept of Fisheries and Oceans – elders from an older community have already warned that any formal complaint interfering with the livelihood of those fishermen will result in
    civil war-like conditions here…

    Oh well – you know what they say…when in Rome…


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ACI’s Campaign for Lumen Gentium 37

The report of the Dublin archdiocesan 'Task Force' on the imminent crisis in the diocese offers no encouragement to believe that Ireland's 'Synodal Pathway' - announced with fanfare in March 2021 - will address this crisis.

As all Irish bishops well know, the 'co-responsibility' advocated in the Dublin Task Force report 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 who educated Catholic Bishops on the paramountcy of the obligation of safeguarding  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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