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Ian McGinnity


National Council of Priests of Australia


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National Council of Priests of Australia

P.O. Box 295

Belmont, Victoria,3216


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The National Council of Priests is an Australian wide organisation of Catholic clergy - bishops, priests and deacons - who join together to support each other in their priestly ministry. Founded in 1971 by the priests of Australia, the NCP is a professional or...more

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Employment History


The Swag

Parish Priest

Mary Immaculate Parish


Diocese of Parramatta

Branch Manager




Chair of CCD Advisory Board

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Catholic Religious Australia - OUR NETWORKS [cached]

Fr Ian McGinnity (Parramatta, NSW)
NCP National Office PO Box 295 BELMONT Vic 3216 T: (03) 5244 3680 F: (03) 5224 4762

Father Ian McGinnity, former chairman of the National Council of Priests, said priests would be placed in a ''terrible position'' by such a change.
''Where do you draw the line on that?'' he said, raising the possibility of people admitting other crimes, such as murder or fraud. ''That's not to lessen the gravity of child abuse ... but it's just there's so many other areas of wrongdoing in the world,'' he said. ''It's a bit of a minefield.'' He also questioned whether people would admit to child abuse during confession.

NCP Committee Member Bill Burt SVD reflects upon the contribution of Ian McGinnity who will conclude his term as NCP Chairman at the end of 2011.
For the past six years, Ian McGinnity has been the NCP Chairman. Now the time has come for Ian to "pass-on the swag" of leadership to another colleague. Now the time has come, also, for the National Council of Priests to say thank you to Ian for everything that he has done for the organization and for the clergy of Australia during his terms of office. Under his leadership NCP has grown and become stronger, and particularly have the bonds of clerical brotherhood been strengthened. Ian has a very strong sense of family, so when he talks about his fellow priests and deacons as being "brothers", he means what he says.....and all of us who have had the privilege of working alongside him and collaborating with him in his NCP ministry have benefited from his heart-felt camaraderie, brother-to-brother. Even though being Chairman of NCP has been just one of a variety of tasks that have been his responsibility, Ian has been such a success in this role because he has regarded it as a ministry, not just a job. This has been particularly evident at the NCP Conventions, where his light truly has shone, and very importantly in the letters, statements, and articles that he has written on issues of importance to priests, deacons and the Church of Australia in general. At meetings with the Australian bishops, Ian has brought the concerns of his brothers to the hierarchy. He has done so in a forthright, upfront yet dignified way. Bishop Michael Malone, speaking about Ian, said recently, " Being Chair of NCP is one of those 'you can't win' positions - something like being a bishop! Ian has been very admirable in that he maintains the big picture and calls the membership to an authentic image of Church. I have appreciated his fair-mindedness in all things, being challenging while remaining respectful, and affirming while being honest." In the August edition of the NCP Members Bulletin, Ian asked that NCP members consider taking on the role of the NCP Chairman. He writes, "Over the past six years I have enjoyed representing you and gaining insight into the invaluable ministry of priests across our country. We continue to need to stand in solidarity and support one another in challenging times in the future. What better way could there be to say "thank you, Ian", than by ensuring a suitable successor is found to take his place! Thank you, Ian, the prayers of your brothers go with you!

− Father Ian McGinnity
THE MORRIS CASE HIGHLIGHTS what is the most serious fault line dividing the worldwide Catholic Church today: the tension between Rome's insistence on doctrine and discipline, and the pastoral concerns at the periphery. The Vatican has signalled it unwillingness to address the problems he was raising in his 2006 Advent pastoral letter. The outgoing chairman of Australia's National Council of Priests, Father Ian McGinnity, says he has "no evidentiary proof" of a high rate of knock-backs, but that many senior priests would find it difficult to take up a position as bishop when it involves "seemingly being a branch manager for Rome with little input into decisions being made centrally, as well as dealing with the remnant of abuse cases still affecting Church morale." Ian McGinnity says the National Council of Priests concurs with the opinions of Bill Carter QC and Father Ian Waters that Bishop Morris was denied natural justice and due process:

"We are appalled at the lack of transparency and due process that led to this decision by Church authorities," writes NCP chairman Father Ian McGinnity.

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