Bishop backs female priests as Catholic diocese votes to ordain women

Sep 26, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Church Militant:

An Irish bishop has committed himself to a specially devised delegation process for ordaining female priests after 69% of Catholics in his diocese voted in favour of the ordination of women.

The vote was part of a “listening process” initiated by Bishop John Fleming of Killala diocese in north Mayo and west Sligo, after an analysis of clergy numbers indicated that the 22 parishes of the diocese would be served by three to six priests by 2037.

1,500 people across the diocese were surveyed on a range of questions as part of Bp. Fleming’s ‘Placing Hope in Faith’ project.

The feedback was processed by the Institute for Action Research and turned into proposals that were voted on by a representative diocesan assembly.

The 300-strong diocesan assembly, which included delegates from the 22 parishes, voted on a range of issues, while 120 people participated in 10 focus groups, in the second phase.

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