No decision about WAC Ireland's application for an exhibition stand 5 months ago.
WAC Ireland is disappointed by the discriminatory manner by which it has been treated by the World Meeting of Families in being refused an exhibition stand at the R.D.S. We believe it is because WAC Ireland stands for the full equality of Women and LGBTQI people and greater democracy and transparency in our Church.
We responded positively to the invitation by the WMoF that all were welcome to participate as one family in welcoming Pope Francis to Ireland. On 14th February 2018 we submitted an application with the required deposit for an exhibition stand in the Main Hall of the R.D.S during the Pastoral Congress, 23-25 August 2018.
To date, 5 months later, we still have not received the courtesy of a written response.
Almost fortnightly, we have rung the WMoF inquiring about the status of our application. The constant reply has been: 'Yes, we received your application but it is on hold'. Upon inquiring as to when a decision on our application would be made we were told that it was up to those at the executive level to inform us.
As no information was forthcoming, on the 25th May we sent a registered letter to Fr. Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of the WMoF and copied it to Dr Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and President of WMoF, asking for the courtesy of a decision on our application. Both these letters were also ignored.
To add insult to injury on the 5th June we received a circular email from the WMoF advertising the fact that stands were still available and inviting applications!
Still having received no decision by the middle of July, and with the WMoF's own deadlines having expired, we finally cancelled our deposit.
The lack of the most basic courtesy in dealing with our application, made in good faith, shows a serious lack of respect to WAC Ireland and is a total contradiction to the advertised 'all are welcome' inclusivity of the WMoF, which continues with its stealth tactics used already against gay people by erasing pictures of LGBTQI couples from its official brochure earlier this year and deleting one inclusive minute from the video of Bishop David O’Connell.
'This refusal by the WMoF to engage with We Are Church Ireland and in effect to reject our application shows a closed and exclusive mentality which contradicts Pope Francis's constant calls for dialogue in the Catholic Church' stated Brendan Butler, spokesperson.
PRESS RELEASE 23 July 2018
Brendan Butler, We are Church spokesperson.
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