Last October in Rome the Amazon Synod recommended that some married men in the region be ordained as priests and that the issue of the female diaconate be re-opened.

Recommendations like this, reversing centuries-old practices in the Church, emerge from the ‘synodal model’ of Church which is at the heart of Pope Francis’s ecclesial reform.

Gerry O’Hanlon will explore this revolutionary approach and its implications for the Catholic Church in Ireland.