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Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

Ecclesiology to be key Plenary debate topic, says Bishop Umbers

Ecclesiology to be key Plenary debate topic, says Bishop Umbers

The Faith Formation Lacuna: Missionary Disciples and the RCIA

Feedback from Plenary 2020 consultations across the nation reveals a widespread call from the faithful for ‘adult faith formation’.

Plenary 2020: an inclusive Church?

We accept everyone - it sounds so nice. But you can’t be a Christian without repentance and conversion, without the attempt to change your entire life in the light of Jesus and the Gospel...

Philippa Martyr: Facing up to how we got here would help

Knowing the harsh demographic realities facing the Catholic Church in Australia today should force us to look at the past 50 years and weigh up honestly and exactly what we’ve done to cause this. This...

Plenary 2020 and holiness: Hear the plea of the young

Australian youth want holiness ffrom the Church. On this issue, the Plenary needs to deliver.

The Plenary, Catholic doctrine and ‘Catholics for Renewal’

The Plenary Council 2020/21 is an opportunity for the Catholic Church in Australia to refocus on its primary mission which is that of evangelisation. The heart of evangelisation is the proclamation of Jesus Christ...

Fr John Flader: The faith of all, not a few

The document, “Sensus fidei in the life of the Church”, was issued in 2014 by the International Theological Commission, an advisory body to the Holy See. In this column I will use it to...

Catechesis: why the Plenary needs to embrace it

Why Plenary 2020 needs to make catechesis a priority
Pope Paul VI makes his way past bishops during a session of the Second Vatican Council in 1964. Photo: CNS file photo

Fr John Flader: Conditions for sensus fidei

The Second Vatican Council spoke of the sensus fidei in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen gentium. As we know, it was the belief for centuries that the Holy Spirit would not allow...

Fr John Flader: Sensus fidei is no mere poll

Sensus fidei, literally “sense of faith”, also called sensus fidelium, “sense of the faithful”, is described by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “the supernatural appreciation of faith on the part of the...