Bishops give priests' plea for renewal kiss of death
Published 04/11/2012 | 05:00
The supine acceptance of Vatican authority is driving clergy out of office, writes Colum Kenny
THE Irish Bishops Conference has refused to meet the Association of Catholic Priests. The hierarchy will not dignify them with a high-level meeting.
'Cardinal snubs plea by liberal priests for meeting,' shouted one headline. But the Association of Catholic Priests is no fringe group of lax priests. It represents more than 1,000 members. The laity may be surprised to learn that there are still that many priests in Ireland.