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Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

Opening Plenary Council assembly postponed

Plenary Council organisers have postponed its first assembly which had been scheduled for October this year in Adelaide. Plenary Council president Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB said that the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, including...

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...
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...
A collection of biblical manuscripts. Photo: CNS photo/courtesy Museum of the Bible

Peter McGregor: Comments on The Plenary Council Paper

The Plenary discernment paper on how God is calling us to be a Christ-centred Church

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...
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...

Catechesis: why the Plenary needs to embrace it

Why Plenary 2020 needs to make catechesis a priority

Peter McGregor: Prayerful and Eucharistic Plenary Council Paper

There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best of the six discernment papers

Ecclesiology to be key Plenary debate topic, says Bishop Umbers

Ecclesiology to be key Plenary debate topic, says Bishop Umbers