ACI Synodal Report: We welcome your contributions via our online form until Sunday 8th May.

May 6, 2022 | 0 comments

What do you most want to say to the bishops
who will gather
in Rome in October 2023?

Our Zoom event was held on Thursday 5th May.  We welcome contributions also from those who may have been unable to attend. 

Please  click on the link below to record and submit your responses and reflections so that we can include them in our report.This link will remain open until Sunday 8th May (your response via this form will be anonymous)

“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 is 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)




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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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