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Ireland    PRESIDENT SPEAKS OF UNREALISED PROMISE OF VATICAN II
The Irish President, Mrs McAleese, has said that "all" can sense "disappointment and impatience on many fronts" at a failure of the Catholic Church to realise more fully the promise of the Second Vatican Council.
    Addressing the opening session of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland in Dublin on Monday night, she said that among the reasons for such disappointment and impatience were "the mixed messages about ecumenical dialogue with sister Christian churches, and respect for other faith systems, the failure to utilise the full giftedness of women, the paucity of avenues for debate, and the sense of drift rather than direction in the face of the collapse of vocations in the Western world."
    The president of the National Conference of Priests of Ireland followed widespread media reporting of the President's comments on Tuesday by describing her speech as "tremendous, encouraging and positive".
    Fr Stanley said yesterday: "I would think myself, personally, that the Church language on [inter-church relations] was insensitive, and I would say unnecessary.''
   
Irish Times/Independent
   
28 Sep 00



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