Book Launch: “Speak Out for Reform in the Catholic Church” by Joe Mulvaney

Book Launch: “Speak Out for Reform in the Catholic Church” by Joe Mulvaney

Wednesday    |    19:30 - 21:00 (28/11/2018) (UTC+0), Duration: 01:30 Place: DCU All Hallows Campus, Dublin 9


You are welcome to the launch of a new book by Joe Mulvaney  

WHEN                      28 November 2018

TIME                        7.30PM

WHERE                  All Hallows College (now known as DCU – All Hallows Campus).

Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 [John Hand Room]

Directions: Heading towards the airport from the city centre via Lower Drumcondra Road – past Croke Park – across Tolka River – immediate first right on Richmond Road and first left on Gracepark Road.

Refreshments and free parking

SPEAKER                 Ms Gina Menzies (theologian)

RSVP                         Before 24 November to Joe Mulvaney @ 087–7839136 or


SALES INFO             Contact author at 10 Sycamore Drive, Dundrum, Dublin 16 or email

BUY ONLINE  (search in "Last Supper" section or

Price €10. Proceeds to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul


There is a crisis in the Catholic Church. Clericalism has diminished us all and it produces abuse. Catholics want power-sharing and refuse to collude in any abuse of children, women, priests or LGBT+ persons. Patriarchal suppression of women concerning ministry, leadership and governance repels many people. Roman refusal over many years to listen and update has alienated large numbers. Priests are in short supply, overburdened and restricted by clerical rules and traditions.

Pope Francis is providing leadership. He seems to favour collegial governance enriched by the wisdom arising from parish assemblies and diocesan synods. He has called for an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism. He has repeatedly asked for our opinions and active participation in serious Church reform. Irish archbishops now agree that the hierarchy must listen to the voices and opinions of the people. Accordingly, concerned lay people who are free to speak their mind can cooperate with priests and bishops to bring about substantial change in the presumed absence of Roman roadblocks.

This new book is one response by a parent and practising Catholic who was ordained in 1970 and married in 1977. He is a member of the Catholic reform group We are Church Ireland (WAC Ireland) and volunteers in the local parish of St Attracta’s, Meadowbrook, Dundrum. The book shares the story of his faith journey as well as the resultant opinions together with suggestions for reform and action. It also invites the reader to speak out through letters, parish assemblies and diocesan synods leading to Vatican III. All are invited to be the change.

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