Posts Tagged ‘Association of Catholic Priests’

Sacraments will disappear amid vocations crisis

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) says the vocations crisis has become so critical that sacraments like baptisms and marriages are likely to “disappear” from some parishes in the near future. The ACP, which represents over 1,000 Catholic priests in Ireland, says reform is urgently needed to prevent parishes from closing across the country. “We’re Read more

Short-change Catholic funerals for priests accused of sex abuse

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Catholic funerals for priests who die while facing accusations of sexual abuse are now subject to new rules in Ireland. The National Board for Safeguarding Children’s guidelines to church authorities include ways to discreetly conduct the funerals of clerics who had allegations made against them. Some dioceses have added to these guidelines. They say funerals Read more

Bishop’s cervical cancer vaccine comments expose girls to risk

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

An Irish bishop’s comments about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that prevents cervical cancer are “completely irresponsible” and could put girls’ health at risk, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has said. Bishop Phonsie Cullinan told a news outlet he has “serious concerns” about the vaccine. He claims it offers “no absolute guarantee” of “full Read more

Irish prelates to look at issue of Vatican-censured priests

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Four Irish prelates are to meet a priests’ group to discuss calls for restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican. This is one of the topics likely to be on the agenda of a proposed meeting between the prelates and representatives of the Association of Catholic Priests. Other matters to be discussed Read more

Irish priests welcome Pope’s reported celibacy hints

Friday, July 25th, 2014

A group representing some priests in Ireland has welcomed Pope Francis’s reported hints that he will sort out the celibacy issue. Association of Catholic Priests spokesman Fr Seamus Ahearne said the Pontiff’s views have been welcomed by the majority of Ireland’s priests. The ACP represents about 10 per cent of clergy in Ireland. Earlier this Read more

US priests write to Pope over Muller’s LCWR criticism

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The Association of US Catholic Priests has written to Pope Francis protesting comments by the Vatican’s doctrine chief against some American nuns. On April 30, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Gerhard Muller made blunt criticisms of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Among his charges were that the LCWR was promoting Read more

Most Irish priests want Mass translation revised or scrapped

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Four out of five Catholic priests in public ministry in Ireland want the current English translation of the Roman Missal revised or scrapped. This is the finding of a survey of clergy views carried out by the Association of Catholic Clergy (ACP) in Ireland. The survey also showed a significant percentage of priests still use Read more

Re-balancing authority in the abusive Church

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Organisers had initially expected 200 to turn up at the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) meeting in Dublin this month. In fact over 1000 showed up. The size of the crowd in part was a response to the recent silencing of Irish priests. One of those silenced, Fr Tony Flannery, was part of the leadership Read more

Vatican unwise – warns 800-strong Ireland priests’ group

Friday, April 13th, 2012

A body of 800 priests in Ireland is disturbed over the Vatican’s silencing of one of its founding members for his liberal views. As reported in CathNews, Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery last week was asked by the Vatican to stop writing articles in the Redemptorists’ monthly magazine. In a statement released on Tuesday, Fr Brendan Read more

Vatican investigating Ireland priest for liberal views

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Fr Tony Flannery, founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, is under investigation by the Vatican for some of his liberal views, reports The Irish Catholic. The investigation comes just two weeks after the report of the Apostolic Visitation that described “widespread dissent” from traditional Catholic teaching by priests, religious and lay people. It is Read more