News in Ireland

Dublin's Archbishop Martin open to married priests, 'which could be important in missionary countries'

23 April 2014 13:04 by Sarah Mac Donald

The Archbishop of Dublin has signalled his openness to a discussion on the ordination of married men as priests.

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Call to return married ex-priests to ministry

THE IRISH Church faces large-scale parish
closures within 20 years unless married former
priests are permitted to serve again, a
spokesman for the Association of Catholic
Priests (ACP) has warned.
In his new book, Who Will Break Bread
For Us?, Fr Brendan Hoban calls on the
Church to rethink mandatory clerical celibacy.
He also suggests it should invite some of the
hundreds of men who left the priesthood, for
reasons such as to marry, to return to ministry.
“At one stroke, they could help solve the
eucharistic famine that is approaching us,”
said Fr Hoban. He added that a parish in the
west of Ireland has seven former priests
among its parishioners and some of these
would be very willing to serve again as priests
even in a part-time capacity.

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Ireland assembly of religious and laypeople calls for open church, re-evaluation

DUBLIN, Ireland -- An assembly of the entire church in Ireland took one step closer Monday with an overflow meeting that saw more than 1,000 priests, religious and laypeople gather to discuss the future of the church.

Organizers say they expected about 200 participants to attend the event, which the Association of Catholic Priests sponsored. However, Dublin's Regency Hotel was packed to capacity, with many at the event forced to stand.

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