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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...

Catechesis: why the Plenary needs to embrace it

Why Plenary 2020 needs to make catechesis a priority

Beyond the First Assembly: Archbishop Costelloe maps out the Plenary road ahead

The President of the 5th Plenary Council of Australia, the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costelloe SDB has emphasised to Members how important their work will be in contributing to a broader discussion  on a...

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...

The centrality of Liturgy: A Chaldean Perspective

Two basic rules on this subject. First: liturgy is the life and heart of the Catholic Church, particularly for the Eastern Churches. It is the expression of their faith, theology, and their daily life. Liturgy...

Plenary voices: Fr Anthony Percy

The new buzz word is ‘Synodality.’ It means ‘walking together.’ ‘Walking’ is, as we well know, a symbol of the moral life. The letters of Paul are helpful in this regard. According to St Thomas Aquinas, without...

Fr Josh Miechels: good ideas and a few howlers in Plenary papers

These are the questions all of us - lay, consecrated and clergy - have the task to answer in a life of missionary holiness.

Plenary 2021: shaken by the Spirit

A striking image of Pope Francis, repeated since the early days of his papacy, has been his public prayers with charismatic leaders, both Catholic and non-Catholic. He advocates for the charismatic movement and talks...

Plenary voices: Sr Mary Julian Ekman RSM

Australia needs signs of hope! One sign is the dynamic witness given by priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful working together for the renewal and edification of the Church. As a woman Religious,...

Plenary voices: Fr Michael de Stoop

In the voices of the Plenary members, I hear the continued growth in our awareness of how terrible was the violent and insensitive crimes in our nations’ history. Consequently, we feel shame and confusion...