The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) will hold a meeting at the 174 Trust in Belfast with Fr Tony Flannery on Saturday 21 February, 10.30 am-2.30 pm.
Flannery, a Redemptorist priest, is the author of the recent book, A Question of Conscience (Londubh Books 2013), which details attempts of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to silence him. He is also a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland (ACP).
Reform is very much in step with Church thinking at this time, due mainly to the agenda set by our current Pope Francis who is working tirelessly for change, not least in the Vatican itself. The pace he has set has been remarkable. But change requires grass roots support, from people who are prepared to keep in touch with the issues and to encourage our Church leaders here in Ireland to be courageous and open to the wind of the Spirit at this time. This is what the ACI, with your involvement and support is trying to encourage.
Fr Tony Flannery as a priest, writer and a founding member of the much respected Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland (ACP) has been an advocate for reform for many years, long before it was an acceptable or popular topic for Catholics. He has recently returned from a five week, 18 city speaking tour in North America to which he was invited by a network of American Catholic Reform groups. He will have had much time to reflect on the pressing issues currently facing the Church and will have gained many insights about reform efforts in the Catholic Church worldwide.
The topics to be presented and discussed will be:
(1) The Urgent Reforms needed in the Church, and where Pope Francis stands in relation to them, and
(2) The Growth of the Catholic Reform Movement around the world; Its strengths and weaknesses.
Registration for the event is by email (see below), with a registration fee this time of £5 to cover expenses (includes tea/coffee and biscuits), payable at the door on the day.
The venue is the beautifully restored church building, now a peace centre, called the 174 Trust, Duncairn Ave, Antrim Road, Belfast BT14 6BP. Doors open at 10-30am for a 11am start and the event will finish for 2-30pm.
To register for this event, or for further information, email your name(s) to Martin Murray at:- firstname.lastname@example.org
A telephone number would also be useful. Early registration will help with knowing our numbers for outside catering purposes.
Admittance without prior registration cannot be guaranteed.