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