ACI Synodal Report: Thanks for Contributions

May 20, 2022 | 2 comments

Thanks to all! We have received a wealth of input for our synodal report – expressing a wide range of hopes and concerns.  We are now processing those for a final synthesis, to submit to the synodal process for the end of May 2022.

“The synodal process is a time for speech. A time to let the voice of the Church
speak and bring forward the issues, the problems that inhabit
our synodal Church”.

(Cardinal Mario Grech, 23rd March ‘22)


ACI was invited, as a representative reform and renewal organisation, to contribute our synthesis of members’ and supporters’ views to the National Synod.  We wish to listen and represent as many perspectives as possible. We ask you, therefore, to share this invitation so that our gathering reflects the spirit of the Synod as set out by Cardinal Grech:


“ one – no matter their religious affiliation – should be excluded from sharing their perspective and experiences, insofar as they want to help the Church on her synodal journey of seeking what is good and true. This is especially true of those who are most vulnerable or marginalized.”


(Vademecum For The Synod On Synodality)




  1. Soline Humbert

    Is the ACI Synthesis available?Thank you.

    • soconaill

      We are currently finalising a page for that. It will be available shortly.


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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.


"Come Holy Spirit, Renew Your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost. Grant to Your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of blessed Peter, it may advance the reign of our Divine Saviour, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen."

Saint Pope John XXIII, 1962 - In preparation for Vatican Council II, 1962-65.

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