Priests wait for response from Pope in talks bid
A REFORM body for Catholic priests is "ready and willing" to meet Pope Francis as it awaits a response to an invitation for talks it sent to the Pontiff 10 days ago.
The Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, which represents more than 1,000 priests, is one of 52 reform groups from around the world which issued the request to the leader of the Catholic Church via the letter.
The Irish hierarchy has so far ignored calls from the group to engage in dialogue.
In the letter, which is dated February 14, two areas of possible reform – including the role of women in the church and the banning of certain people from the Eucharist – are highlighted.
However, they stop short of calling for the ordination for women – aware that the Pope has already ruled that out on a number of occasions.
Elsewhere in the letter, the reform groups also tell Pope Francis: "We hope to experience an end to the use of Communion as a reward for doctrinal orthodoxy."