A division has developed between the Catholic Church and the local community.
This is according to a recent survey by the Diocese of Kerry Synodal Pathway team.
The survey was conducted to help the Irish Church draft a submission to the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
Kerry residents of all age groups were invited to participate in listening groups, focus groups and submissions that formed the Diocese of Kerry survey.
Inclusiveness, diversity and marginalization are the issues facing the Catholic Church today.
Secondary students disagreed with the Church’s exclusion of the LGBTQI+ community and lack of equal opportunities for women; they described it as an outdated thought and said that was not the way Jesus would behave.
The LGBTQI+ community has called on the Church to listen to its community.
They asked the Church to integrate their perspectives on sexuality, relationships, theology and ethics.
Members of the Kerry Traveler community said they did not feel welcome or respected in their local church community and demanded that local parishes do more to reach them.
The survey revealed that there is a division between the church and the local community; funerals have been revealed as one of the few times when church and community connect.
The Diocese of Kerry described the survey as a blessing and said each contribution made was an act of faith expressing concern for the life of the Church and expressing hope for the future.