In accordance with the public health restrictions to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference gathered remotely this week for their Summer 2021 General Meeting via video-link, instead of the usual location at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This was the fifth plenary meeting of bishops hosted using this medium.
During their meeting bishops acknowledged the depth of pain experienced by people whose loved ones have died during this difficult time and offered their prayerful support to families who have suffered due to the restrictions placed on funeral rites and attendance.
Bishops also expressed their thanks to the faithful for their prayers, sacrifice and perseverance and for adhering to the public health restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This commitment has successfully served to protect life and health.
The main issues discussed by the bishops during their Summer General Meeting included:
Bishops express thanks for over 550 submissions received for Synodal Pathway
Safeguarding children in the Catholic Church
Vaccine ethics and equity
Proactively engaging with the Department of Education in relation to reconfiguration of patronage
Birth Information and Tracing Heads of Bill
Welcome to Pope Francis instituting the Ministry of Catechist
First World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly
Laudato Si’ on care for our common home
Bishops thank public for generosity to Trócaire
Call on Government to recognize the State of Palestine
Brutality in Myanmar
UN Food Systems Summit
Click here to read the Bishops’ statement in full.
The President of the Bishops’ Conference is Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and the Vice-President is Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin.