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A senior priestly representative in Ireland has warned that the role of women in the Catholic Church must be addressed by the Synodal Process launched today or there is a likelihood of women leaving the Church Resign.

Rev. Roy Donovan, a leader of the Association of Catholic Priests, which represents over 1,000 Irish priests, told the Irish Independent that Pope Francis wants people in the Church to be “courageous and fearless” on issues like this Problem of a patriarchal church.

On Sunday began the Church’s synodal journey in dioceses around the world, including the 26 Catholic dioceses of Ireland.

In Limerick, Bishop Brendan Leahy said the goal of this phase of the synod was a consultation of the laity, but he stressed that it should not become a “technical discussion”.

He said the Synod was taking place “at a critical time for the Church” and de r global hearing process reflects « the gravity of the moment we are in, » an indication of the challenges the Church is facing, including declining vocations and mass visits and clerical abuse scandals.

Every diocese in the world has been of Pope Francis said that from now until next Easter she should consult fully with lay people through a structured consultation process. The views of the people on reforms and renewals in the Catholic Church will be conveyed to their bishops who will prepare a synthesis for the Synod in Rome in 2023.

The openness of Pope Francis to the views of the broader members of the Church through this Listening to the Synod was hailed as the greatest ecclesiastical event since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

Dr. Leahy in Limerick, however, warned that the consultation was “not an opinion poll” or “a political convention” but rather “Faith Conversations.” In Dublin, Archbishop Dermot Farrell told a cross-section of church members, former inmates, Members of ward councils, priests and teachers in the St. a new document.

Fr. Roy Donovan says: “The Church is not used to listening to lay people speak their minds and this undoubtedly represents those at the Top of the pyramid church faced a massive challenge. « 

He said he hoped the structured hearing process would provide the building blocks for a completely different church, but demanded that the process be open to discussion of any topic.

« Everything – including the ‘red button’ issues like ordination of women, celibacy for the priesthood, and LGBT teaching – must be on the table. »

« Let’s hope everyone follows the example by P ape follow Francis, who gives full permission to express our opinions without fear, condemnation or ridicule, « said Fr. Donovan.

The pastor of Caherconlish in Co Limerick said the Church had warned: » The patriarchy is one Stumbling block for the mission. « 

 » Christianity was founded by women and then the men took the ball from them and have yet to return it. There have been many meetings with women in the last few decades; all ended the same way – the women left. I fear that will be the story of the forthcoming Synod. ”

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