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Dr Philippa Martyr: The Spirit’s tough, but not a disruptor

Do you know who the Holy Spirit is? Could you recognise Him in action? The Plenary Council set out to discern what the Holy Spirit...

Dr Philippa Martyr: The cutout Francis of the reformers

I think the Plenary Council was in some ways a success for all the wrong reasons. It showed the divisions in the Church in...

Dr Philippa Martyr: Plenary women’s vote revealed much

As many will know, the Plenary Council motions on women in the Church all failed to make the required two-thirds majority to pass on Tuesday afternoon.

The agenda is public – here comes the Plenary

The Framework for Motions (May 2022) has appeared. This document is supposed to guide the July session of the Plenary Council. I’ve read it, and...

Dr Philippa Martyr: Schools that evangelise

The Vatican recently released a document on Catholic schools called The identity of the Catholic school for a culture of dialogue. Among other things, it’s a template for Catholic bishops across the world to take responsibility for deciding exactly which of their local schools can use the ‘Catholic’ brand.
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Dr Philippa Martyr: begin your day with praise

Grumpy Catholics will find a solution to what ails them in Lauds, the morning prayer of the Divine Office
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Dr Philippa Martyr: A salaried church – or a dangerous one?

I was relieved to hear that the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has already rejected the proposal in The Light from the Southern Cross for a national centre for Catholic leadership.

Dr Philippa Martyr: Ordination a magic moment of connection

I was at an ordination to the diaconate recently, on the Sunday of Lent when we celebrate the Transfiguration. I find that any kind of ordination is usually very moving, but I really enjoyed this one.
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Dr Philippa Martyr: US diocesan reality checks offer lessons

The Archdiocese of Chicago has now released details of its parish restructure. This is a good opportunity for the Church in Australia to start making notes.
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Plenary Council critics rejoice! Normalcy is being restored

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe next round of the Plenary Council kicks off in July, so I have read the First Assembly’s Proposals document (December 2021) to bring myself up to speed. Compared to the virtual First Assembly sessions I briefly attended, this document is much better. If you remember, members of the First Assembly were […]
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