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Church in Ireland is said to be ‘breaking new ground’ – but what will reform look like?

Leaders know if change is not forthcoming, it could be ruinous

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Archbishop Eamon Martin and delegates participate in a prayer walk at Clonmacnoise monastery, Co Offaly, on Saturday. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Archbishop Eamon Martin and delegates participate in a prayer walk at Clonmacnoise monastery, Co Offaly, on Saturday. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Archbishop Eamon Martin shakes holy water on delegates during a prayer walk at a pre-synodal assembly in the 6th Century ruins of Clonmacnoise monastery as part of a Catholic universal synod convened by Pope Francis for 2021-2023, in Clonmacnoise, Ireland,

Archbishop Eamon Martin shakes holy water on delegates during a prayer walk at a pre-synodal assembly in the 6th Century ruins of Clonmacnoise monastery as part of a Catholic universal synod convened by Pope Francis for 2021-2023, in Clonmacnoise, Ireland,

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Archbishop Eamon Martin and delegates participate in a prayer walk at Clonmacnoise monastery, Co Offaly, on Saturday. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Delegates who attended the National Pre-Synodal Assembly in Athlone on Saturday described it as a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

However, for most Catholics, the question is: can it actually deliver much-needed reform and if so, what might that reform look like?


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