1988 What is Pobal Dé

What is Pobal Dé?

The Pobal movement seeks to promote the develop­ment of a more participatory Church in which lay people will assume their full responsibility for increas­ing the vitality of the Christian community and continu­ing the mission of Christ in the world.

In working towards the realisation of this vision, we wish to look closely at our structures and practices, to see what is required to enable lay people to participate in the life and mission of the Church.

We wish to foster dialogue and cooperation between lay people, religious, priests and bishops; and be­tween men and women and the different classes in society.

We seek to develop an integrated spirituality that rec­ognises the presence and action of God in our daily lives, in our history and in the life of our planet.

In order to enable us to discern our individual vocations as followers of Christ, to grow in faith and prayer, and to promote the emergence of effective lay leaders, we encourage people to come together in small groups and to establish links with other small groups.

We recognise that an important aspect of our enriched spirituality will be a more effective commitment to working for the promotion of justice, peace and recon­ciliation and for the protection of the environment. We understand that this calls for changes in our own attitudes and relationships and in the structures and practices of society. Therefore, we wish to work in solidarity with groups that are deprived and discrimi­nated against in our society.