PRESS RELEASE 15 March 2022
Pope Francis has asked us all to take part in the Synodal process and let our voices be heard. But it is our bishops who will finalise the Synthesis or summary for Ireland. So We Are Church decided to ask our bishops do they plan to make public their Synthesis?
We wrote to the Executive Secretary of the Irish Bishops Conference on 21 Jan 2022 and Msgr Joe Mc Guinness replied on 31 Jan 2022:
Thank you for your letter. I will bring it to the attention of the Bishops for discussion at the next General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in March.
Last week we read the reports of our bishop’s March meeting: But there was no reply to our simple question: Will the Synthesis of the Irish Bishop's National Conference be made public?
We know that almost all dioceses will be publishing their diocesan synthesis, as strongly recommended by the Vatican's Synod Office. But the Vatican Synod Office makes no recommendation for publication of any National Synthesis.
No doubt the bishops have a busy agenda. But the Synod is just now being discussed in parishes across Ireland. Transparency and accountability are essential to help restore so much trust that has been lost in our bishops. People should know before they take part whether the National Synthesis will be published or not, as the National Synthesis is the summary for all of Ireland. How else will we know how our views are being presented?
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International Women's Day
8 March 2022
“We Are Church Ireland calls on the male hierarchy to reform the sexist structure of the institutional church and end the second class status of Catholic women.
As a first step towards this goal, it calls on the patriarchy to ensure that women make up 50% of the National Synodal Assembly.”
The patriarchal structures in our church have been built up over several centuries into an elite clerical club which has reserved all decision making for itself. The exclusion of women is a shameful denial of the example of Jesus Christ and undermines the full human rights which are due to all.
On International Women’s Day WAC call for women to make up 50% of the assembly or assemblies of the Catholic Church in Ireland in 2026.
The example Ireland should not follow is the Global Synod in Rome in October 2023 where celibate bishops will have 99% of the votes.
The international examples we should follow include:
- German Synodal Path
- Australian Plenary Council
- Amazon Synod
- Latin American & Caribbean Ecclesial Assembly
Saint Brigid, the patron saint of Ireland, would certainly endorse the full equality of women in our church.
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Background re WMoF: There were two requests from countries to host the WMoF in 2018 in their countries. Neither request was from Ireland. But Pope Francis decided that the 2018 WMoF should be held in Ireland and this was announced at the 2015 WMoF in Philadelphia, the same year that Ireland had voted by Referendum to approve Marriage Equality (62% in favour). In January 2018 WAC Ireland spotted that images of same sex couples had been edited out of the WMoF preparatory Booklet. And shortly afterwards WAC Ireland noted an online video of a Bishop speaking about different family configurations was edited to remove all references to other family configurations. Both WAC Ireland and Global Network for Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) applied for stands at the WMoF. Neither was given a stand and a large number of stands were left empty at WMoF.
Today, Thursday 7th June We Are Church Ireland is launching a petition calling on Pope Francis to change Vatican theological language that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people.
Words like 'objectively disordered ' and ' intrinsically evil' to describe any human being is wrong but for an institution like the Catholic Church to teach that these words are an expression of the mind of God to describe her image in LGBTQI persons is not alone scandalous but blasphemous.
The petition is being launched by Ursula Halligan of WAC Ireland, Senator David Norris and Pádraig Ó Tuama of the Corrymeela Community.
Find the petition on Change.org at:
'We Are Church Ireland encourages every Catholic who continues to be enraged by this Vatican Un-Christian language to sign the petition demanding the withdrawal of this offensive language to describe our LGBTQI sisters and brothers' stated Brendan Butler.
Brendan Butler, We are Church spokesperson.
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7 June 2018