After almost two years out of ministry, and at the age of 67, I have decided not to wait around for the Vatican (and in particular the CDF) to change its mind. Informed sources tell me that is very unlikely, despite everything Pope Francis is saying.
I still care greatly about the Church, and wish that it could communicate the Gospel message more effectively to the modern world.
So I have decided to embark on a series of talks on church reform. I am deliberately staying away from Church premises, so as not to cause embarrassment to anyone.
In my talks I hope to give some historical background to the main problems we are facing in the Church today, and then attempt to point some of the ways forward — many of them already being spoken by Pope Francis.
My immediate schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, January 22nd: Clayton Hotel, Galway: 8.00 pm
Thursday, January 23rd: Primary Care Centre, Athenry: 8.00 pm
Wednesday, January 29th: Welcome Inn, Castelbar: 8.00 pm
Wednesday, February 5th: South Court Hotel, Limerick: 8.00 pm.
Later in February I am scheduled to give some talks in London. During March and April I hope to have more talks around Ireland. If any group or individuals would be interested in organising such an event, please give me a ring at 087 681 4699