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Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

Sanctity: the unspoken question for Plenary 2020

Each of us, individually, is called to strive to live a life of service to God in the circumstances in which we find ourselves and the unique purpose He calls us to fulfil.

Plenary continues despite road bump

The two assemblies will still take place Adelaide and Sydney, with a year's delay due to the pandemic.

Plenary 2020: the creeping clericalisation of the laity

The commitment of lay persons is politicised when the laity is absorbed by the exercise of power within the Church.  That happens when the Church is not seen in terms of the mystery of grace that characterises her, but rather in sociological or even political terms.

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.

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...
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...

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’.

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...

Precisely which Church? A response to the Plenary Discernment papers

Going down this path would mean the Plenary Council risking creating an additional enormous layer of Church bureaucracy

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...