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The Association of Catholic Priests The Society of St.Peter and Paul

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If married priesthood were the only requirement, they would ask for a mass transfer to the Eastern Catholic Church. We need to take a long term view with regard to the ordination of married men chosen from communities and be content with ‘baby steps’ at the moment. Peter and Paul based in Kenya believe we have a contribution to make to the Church through our society.

We believe that God blesses those who seek to live in permanent, faithful and stable relationships, regardless of their sexual orientation and that these relationships are as much an example of God’s love in the world as heterosexual relationships. How sad then that it has always been a hallmark of Modernism to seek to obliterate the distinction of roles among the various members of the Body of Christ! Studying the documents of Vatican II, I can see no evidence that the Council Fathers sought the ordination of women or the repudiation of priestly celibacy.Having a lay person and perhaps a lay woman in that role would offer positive modelling,” it was felt. m) There is also a desire to continue to involve Christians of other Churches and ecclesial traditions in Catholic synodal processes at all levels and to invite more fraternal delegates to the next session of the Assembly in 2024.

As he spoke, I remember being surprised that the Vatican permitted such flagrant opposition to Church doctrine by one of its priests. The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has lost all credibility in our household, and I suspect with many other Catholic families, by its unwillingness to speak out on the forthcoming referendum which seeks to change the meaning of both equality and marriage. It was felt that "while the emergence of Pope Francis has created a positive and supportive context for the ACP in the wider church, the situation in Ireland is such that the ACP will not just need to continue with its work, but develop it further. Sadly, the current manifestation of our Commission doesn't seem interested in continuing the tradition that we had developed over the years and, also, very sadly, ECT remains dormant at the moment. I mean are they daft enough to think their goals would help the church or are they so ashamed by the abuse or dissatisfied with their choice in life that they are trying to disassociate from the Church?However, we are reaching out to the Catholic community and readership, that has been so loyal to the Catholic Herald.

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