‘We are Church Ireland ‘ has launched a survey on the election of Bishops with emphasis on the need to involve the Catholic faithful .
Over the next two years 11 Bishops are due to resign and under the present system the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop
Charles Brown , determines the process used .
In the early Church once the office of Bishop was established, Bishops were elected by the local people and priests and their choice was ratified by the neighbouring Bishops. This tradition was finally ended by the 1917 Code of Canon Law which allocated this choice to the Pope.
The Lay Catholic faithful have a right and duty as Baptised persons under Canon Law to be involved in their Church on important matters and what could be more important than being involved in the election of leaders who will have a determining role for the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
‘We are encouraging Irish Catholics to exercise their right and duty in the election of Bishops by responding to the Survey’ stated Brendan Butler , spokesperson , We are Church Ireland.
The survey of ten questions is available on www.wearechurchireland.ie and is open until March 17, when its results will be presented to the Papal Nuncio and the Irish Hierarchy.
Further Information : Brendan Butler 086 4054984
Media release , Feb. 11 2014.