ACP News Update
News Update: 1. It has been a busy time in the Association of Catholic Priests, with the organising of the Assembly day and dealing with the various problems created by the Vatican censoring of a number of our members, and the media response to it. The day in the Regency was a great success, and we would like to thank everyone who helped in organising the day, and those who took part, especially the speakers and the chairpersons. The text of the talks is now on our website, under the category ‘Towards an Assembly’.
2. In order to continue the momentum generated that day we hope to have some regional gatherings in the early Autumn. To that end we have arranged a meeting on Wednesday, May 30 at 8,00pm in McWilliams’ Hotel, Claremorris to begin planning one for the west of Ireland. To that meeting we are inviting one or two priests and a few lay people from each western diocese. But if anyone else would like to be involved at the planning stage, please feel welcome to come along.
3. On the same evening there is a meeting in All Hallows with a view to exploring the possibility of a lay association of people interested in reform in the Church. We very much welcome this development, and look forward to working closely with this group. For anyone interested in that meeting the contact person is Noel McCann. (email@example.com)
4. Due to considerable demand we have also now created a new list of members of the ACP open to lay and religious. We have 121 members on this list, and we welcome them to our association. We may have to review this if and when the new lay association gets off the ground. We have now passed the 900 mark of priest members, and the number continues to grow.
5. There is a meeting of the Cork & Ross and Cloyne branches of the ACP in Ovens parish centre on Monday next, May 21st at 2.30pm. New members will be welcome; and we would ask as many of our current members as possible to attend. One of the topics for discussion at that meeting will be the possibility of having an assembly type gathering for the Munster region in the Autumn also.
Remember the comment made about the Catholic Church by James Joyce? “Here comes everybody”
We are not a gathering of goodies, constrained and formed by
a structure but a struggling people on a pilgrimage of faith
and the road can be rough. So we help each other.
I wrote these few words some years back,part of a poem published recently in the Dominican Journal “Spirituality”:
I come to the Christ as I am
not as I would like to be
not as others would have me be
but as the good God made me
as I am.
Chris McDonnell UK