Lay members of Catholic Church listened to by hierarchy for first time

Lay members of the Catholic Church have had their views on the future of the Church formally listened to by the hierarchy for the first time.

160 delegates from the 26 dioceses on the island of Ireland attended the Assembly in Athlone to hear submissions from both lay people and religious.

Common themes included a call for greater roles for women at all levels in the Church, and attention to sexuality, relationships, and LGBTQI-plus concerns.

It will help form the basis for Ireland’s submission to the Universal Synod at the Vatican in August.

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr Denis Nulty, says he would love to hear more people expressing their views:

“It’s been a very engaging process, so many got involved, I’d love if more got engaged. This is only the first step, let’s take it step by step.”



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