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Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

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...

Archbishop Julian Porteous: laying solid foundations for Plenary 2020

The Plenary Council 2020/2021 will be a major ecclesial event for the Church here in Australia. It will be an historical moment and will influence the way Church carries out its mission in the...
Harnessing diametrically opposed views on the Church’s faith will be a significant challenge.

Phillipa Martyr: A catechesis Australia needs

Confusion revealed in Plenary Council listening sessions The Plenary Council has recently started to release some of its preliminary findings from the listening sessions that have taken place across the country. The findings are fascinating. This...

What the Plenary Council won’t be able to change

Plenary Council 2020 will not have the power to enact anything contradicting the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, or to change the essentials of the Mass or ordain women to the priesthood, a...

Bishop Randazzo: “Make Plenary 2020 about encountering Christ”

Bishop Anthony Randazzo has expressed his hope that the Plenary Council set to be held in the Catholic Church in Australia in 2020 will “spark the desire for Christ” in people’s hearts, rather than...

Fr John Flader: What is a Plenary Council?

It is not surprising that you are unfamiliar with the term Plenary Council since the last such gathering in this country took place in 1937, before most of us were born. In simple terms a...