by Sarah Mac Donald
College students, other young adults and ministry leaders during a synodal listening session.
File pic CNS/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com, dated April 2022.
Synod synthesis reports from dioceses in Ireland have expressed a strong desire for “urgent change” and a fear that once the synodal process has finished, the decline in priest numbers and young people will continue, and there will be no change in the role of women in the Church.
A total of 173 parishes hosted gatherings for 10,500 participants in the Archdiocese of Dublin. The synthesis of those consultations revealed that more than half of parishes believe change has to happen or “the children of tomorrow will never experience Church”.