Majority Of Practising Catholics In Ireland Support The Ordination Of Women

The findings of a major new study will be discussed at an assembly in Athlone this weekend.

A major new study - which has found the majority of praciticing Catholics support the ordination of women - is being described as "unprecedented".

Tens of thousands of Mass-goes across Ireland's 26 dioceses have been surveyed as part of a worldwide study into changing attitudes within the Church.

The Irish findings, including greater support for allowing priests to marry and showing more respect to the LGBT+ community, will be discussed at a 160-strong assembly in midlands this weekend, before going to a synod in Rome next year.

Delegates from the 26 dioceses on the island of Ireland will attend tomorrow's assembly at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone and the Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, with religious Congregations, representatives from other Catholic groups and lay ecclesial associations, members of the clergy, members of the Synodal Pathway Steering Committee and Task Group.

Religious Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times, Patsy McGarry says a study of this kind is unprecedented in the 2,000 years of the Church:

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