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Plenary voices: Bishop Robert Rabbat

A Priceless Heritage: The Eastern Catholic Churches Before considering what the Eastern Catholic Churches are, and their place in the Catholic Communion in Australia, perhaps a word on what they are not. * they are not...

Plenary voices: Warren Featherstone

I’ve listened to all sorts of wonderful input but I’m still led back to a certain point. The motif of Vatican II was to read ‘the signs of the times’. That’s what we are called...

Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay: Reflections on the Plenary

I will begin by saying that my experience in this first session of the Plenary was as beautiful as it was challenging, and there was definitely a lot of listening and a lot of...

Be wary of the Fashions of the Age – Archbishop Fisher’s message to Plenary...

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has urged the Members of the 5th Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia to bring the patrimony of the Church across time and space to their discussions, be...

Plenary voices: Erin Gillard

Our Catholic Church is a family of families. We are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties, cousins, grandparents. All united by the bond of love. The love of the family is also the love...

Plenary voices: Bishop Terence Brady

Outreach to the poor and vulnerable Pope Francis reminds us to stop being preoccupied with ourselves and go out into the streets as missionary disciples. The goal of mission is not the perfection or expansion...

Clear proposals emerge from First Assembly of the Plenary Council

Clear proposals have emerged from Members attending the First Assembly of the Plenary Council this week, including moves to better embrace the rich liturgical traditions of the Catholic Church in Australia, especially its Eastern...

Plenary voices: Fr Anthony Walsh OP

In 1966 Pope St Paul VI changed the way we understand penance in the Latin Church, particularly with concern to fasting.  He said that fasting should be appropriate to the local economic situation. Paul VI...

Plenary voices: Mons Marcelino Youssef

Question: How might we better equip ordained ministers to be enablers of missionary discipleship: the Church becoming more a “priestly people” served by the ordained ministry? CAST YOUR NET INTO THE DEEP At the heart of...

Plenary voices: wake up, Catholic Australia! urges Archbishop Fisher

Fires, floods, plague and earthquake: they’re wake up calls. Wake up Catholic Australia! There’s a bushfire consuming faith in this land. Disillusionment over child sexual abuse has accelerated the secularisation of recent decades. Many now...