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Plenary 2020

Reflections and Perspectives on Plenary Council 2020

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 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.
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...

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.

Catechesis: why the Plenary needs to embrace it

Why Plenary 2020 needs to make catechesis a priority

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 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...

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...

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...

Plenary continues despite road bump

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