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– The Exceptional Potential of Parish Pastoral Councils
The inauguration of Parish Pastoral Councils (PPCs) was radical. Among organisations of charitable status, PPCs are uniquely different, though that distinction is not yet fully appreciated. On first sight, these councils potentially represented a new, additional and organised resource in parishes throughout Ireland. PPCs were sometimes mistakenly viewed as being an appendage, focused on consultation instead of being interpreted as a leading, driving-force in realising Vatican II’s vision of the Church. At present PPCs are largely unremarked upon by secular society and their potential awaits further development.