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Irish lay Catholic group champions Second Vatican Council

A new lay organisation for Irish Catholics has been set up to promote ‘the letter and spirit' of the Second Vatican Council. Its interim title is to be the Association of Catholics in Ireland.

A draft statement of objectives says the group is committed to ‘the renewal of the Catholic Faith in the changed and changing circumstances of the 21st century and to the reform of the institutional church which, at this time, is experiencing conflict, crisis and lack of credibility.’

It speaks of ‘the right of all the Baptised to have their voices heard (sensus fidelium) in the formation of Church teaching, and to participate fully in the life of the church, including decision-making at parish, diocesan, national and international levels.’

Membership is open to all who agree with its objectives. In May a steering group was set up to establish such an association of lay Catholics at a meeting in All Hallows College, Dublin, which was attended by about 200 people.

Organiser Noel McCann said then that there was ‘a need for such an organisation because people are scattered around the country feeling the frustrations that are part and parcel of being a Catholic today as a lay person.’

The steering group recently met the controversial Association of Catholic Priests at which agreement to establish a separate and independent lay organisation was established.


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