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Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

The indispensable role of the priest

The nature of the Catholic priesthood can only be understood in reference to Christ, for the priesthood is ‘a derivation, a specific participation in and continuation of Christ Himself, the one High Priest of the new and eternal Covenant.

Plenary 2020: The Faith Formation Lacuna – Part 2

Many areas in the life of the Church in Australia manifest a serious lacuna in the formation of adult Catholics, not the least of which is in the area of the lay apostolate.

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