The times they are a changing

The times they are a changing

Irish RC diocese shows overwhelming support for married priests and women deacons and priests, and more inclusive Church...

A survey in Irish RC diocese shows 85% back married priests,81% believe priests who have married should return, 80% support women as deacons and 69% women as priests. 86% want a church more inclusive of gays. Bishop Fleming says they were inspired by Pope Francis’ vision of synodality as well as his criticisms of clericalism.

Elsewhere Bishop Dermot Farrell of Ossory has said the Irish Church needs “a bold creative response rather than fleeing from the reality of the distressful present.” Speaking to Religious gathered for a celebration of World Day of Consecrated Life, he said: “Our Lord is the Lord of risk. Bold decisions must be taken today, even if it is painful to do so, and we risk making the wrong decision. Otherwise we die of irrelevancy.”

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PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

TO ALL MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ACROSS THE NETWORK...

As the situation regarding the coronavirus worsens, the trustees of PCN have made the following decisions as of today, March 18th:

1. The AGM and Film Launch, due to take place on Saturday 21 March has already been cancelled.

2. We have decided to postpone the conference, ‘Thinking Science, Thinking Faith’, which was due to take place in York on April 25th. All those who booked will have their money refunded. We hope the conference will go ahead at a time when it is safe to do so.

3. The third major PCN gathering is due to take place on Saturday 10th October, when we have invited the Revd Deshna Shine, Executive Director of the Progressive Christianity organisation in the USA to speak at the fifth and final Marcus Borg memorial conference. This is scheduled to take place at the Church at Carrs Lane in Birmingham and our hope is that this conference may go ahead. Please do book the date in your diary and we will keep you informed of developments.

4. It is greatly disappointing that we will be unable, at present, to mount a number of film launches, when we bring folk together to watch the films we have commissioned. The only compensation is that we have time now to complete all six films, to give them subtitles and to launch them on a new dedicated website, which is in the process of being developed. We will be developing ways in which we create an online forum for discussion about the issues raised in the films. Those in groups might want to set up virtual meetings when each member can view the films and exchange their views etc. We will let you know when ‘Made of Stories’ kicks off!

May I repeat that our first concern is for the wellbeing of all our members, who are used to coming to PCN events and also attending local groups. All such gathering activity will probably cease for the time being. However we are determined that our on-line presence and other ways forms of communication with each other will continue. We shall use this time to make improvements to our website and put greater effort into fulfilling our aims through various media platforms. And, as trustees, we once more thank you for your membership and wish you well at this time.

Adrian Alker, Chair of the trustees

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PCN Britain’s AGM is cancelled

PCN Britain’s AGM is cancelled

It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the AGM and film launch....

PCN BRITAIN AND THE CORONAVIRUS

As with all other organisations, the trustees of PCN Britain have discussed the dangers posed by the Coronavirus to those who travel on public transport and meet with others in small or larger gatherings. We are aware that many of our members are aged over 70 and that some do have underlying health issues. Our first concern is for the wellbeing of all our members and it is therefore with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel the AGM and the Film Launch, due to take place in London on March 21st, when we are told that the virus will be reaching its peak in the UK. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and we realise that many people, like myself, will have paid for travel in advance or even booked accommodation.

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