Hundreds gather in London to call for church reform12 October 2012
Almost 400 priests and laity met in central London on Wednesday to discuss concerns about the direction the Church has taken since the Second Vatican Council.
Speakers at Wednesday's meeting were met with applause when they blamed a "distant" hierarchy for losing touch with the laity on issues such as women's ordination and the Liturgy.
An initial meeting for clergy took place in London in July. Organisers hope that Wednesday's meeting, titled "A Call to Action", which was open to lay people, will encourage diocesan forums to be convened at which lay and clergy can meet to engage in dialogue "without fear".
One speaker, laywoman Catherine O'Donovan, told the audience: "[Elderly men] in the Vatican have no idea how you are suffering as lay people. It's a tragedy. We have to fix it."
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