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How to be ignored during the synodal process

The new Synod working document is more sensible than previous stages, and common sense is beginning to prevail. Of course, this has upset some people, which reminded Philippa Martyr of her own synodal experience…

National study to investigate reasons for decline in Mass attendance

With the national Mass attendance rate now at just over eight per cent, the National Centre for Pastoral Research (NCPR) will soon commence a study of reported reasons why people who continue to affiliate as Catholics do not participate regularly in Sunday Mass.

The lacunas of the Plenary

Contrary to a lot of commentary - some in this paper - there was a lot of good stuff which came out of the...

Christian Stephens: Ask more, not less of those who seek the...

By Christian Stephens When Jesus fed the 4000 in the desert, Matthew recounts how the Pharisees and Sadducees came asking for a sign from heaven....

Media assess Plenary progress

The Plenary Council could be seen as a qualified “win” for conservatives and Church unity, the world’s most popular Catholic website has said, with...

The Plenary Council and Synodality

By Fr Gerard Kelly The apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Charles Balvo, in his address at the closing session of the Plenary Council, noted that many were...

A woke, weak and oh so mediocre Church

The smug Catholic left do not want a resurrected church that announces Jesus to our age. They want power. Now. And the troublesome bishops...

Decrees now wait on Rome approval

The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia was a new experience for Catholics in many ways, said Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, lived in a “tentative...

Not perfect, but a real beginning

Dr Garry Nolan AM Some critics of the Plenary’s Second Assembly went too far in their assertions The opinion piece, ‘The Plenary’s agenda must be...

Hayden Ramsay: What was not on the agenda

At last week’s Plenary Council there seemed to be two largely distinct groups and - when it came to debate and contributions - two...

Philippa Martyr: John and Alice, Fr Jim and lay preaching

Certain loud voices (no pun intended) have worked hard to get a proposal for lay preaching incorporated into the Plenary Council’s motions. So I...

A week of positives and negatives for the Plenary: Archbishop Anthony...

Cautious optimism As the four year process of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia comes to an end, there have been both positives and negatives,...
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