Justice and Peace Commission
Bernie Lennon S.J., Sr Caitriona Gore, Mary Vallely, Pádraig O’Connor
The Justice and Peace Commission was set up by Cardinal Sean Brady several years ago to involve lay people in planning and decision making in the Diocese.
What have we done?
We have focussed on reaching out to groups who see themselves on the edge of the Church.
We have run two small surveys: one in 2013 and one in 2017. Many said they were very glad to be consulted because they felt this took them seriously, as baptised members of the Church. Many wanted to see married priests. Others wanted more relevant homilies. Some wanted the Church to be more accepting of people in second relationships and those who are LGBT. Others wanted the Church to resist change in these areas.
We held a conference on the role of women in the Church in 2015. Many who attended were highly critical of the exclusion of women – and other lay people – from effective decision-making in the Church. We hosted a conversation open to all in the diocese on post Referendum/before the World Meeting of Families in July 2018 in the Carrickdale Hotel, Dundalk.
If you would like to volunteer as a member, please speak to one of the Committee members, or register on our web site.
Want to hear more
Complete and send in this form: Form to register for event notification of JPC
Past surveys & conversations completed by the Commission:
Women’s Conference 2015 Report
Gerry O’Hanlon’s talk in the O Fiaich Library on 19 Jan 2019