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Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

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: 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...

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...

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 and holiness: Hear the plea of the young

Australian youth want holiness ffrom the Church. On this issue, the Plenary needs to deliver.

Catechesis: why the Plenary needs to embrace it

Why Plenary 2020 needs to make catechesis a priority

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...

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’.

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.
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...