Press Release    16/09/14

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We are Church Ireland is extremely disappointed  at the appointment of Sr. Margaret Muldoon of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux to join Dr. Diarmuid Martin , Archbishop of Dublin as the Irish representatives at  the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops  on ‘The Pastoral Challenges of the Family ‘ to be held in Rome 5-19 October 2014.

It is extraordinary and outrageous that no Irish Catholic married  family person will be present  to offer their family –lived experiences and advice to the Synod which is specifically charged to offer solutions to the grave challenges facing families in our contemporary world .

Last April in conjunction with our  colleagues in ‘We are Church  International Movement‘ we requested the Synod Secretariat to accept  Mary McAleese and Gina Menzies  as very suitably qualified Irish representatives to the Synod. To-date we have not even received the courtesy of an  acknowledgement from the Vatican.

The secretive selection process by which a Sister of the Order of the Holy Family of Bordeaux was selected as the Irish lay participant ignores the commitment give by Pope Francis ‘to involve all the People of God‘ in this Synod .

‘We call upon Sr. Margaret Muldoon to turn down her invitation to the Synod in favour of a married family person, even at this late stage.

Such an initiative would expose the unacceptable secretive selection processes  that persists  within the Catholic Church,‘

stated Brendan Butler, We are Church Ireland

Further information :

Brendan Butler 086 4054984