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Philippa Martyr: All in the name of governance

The Plenary Council delegates and writers have shown a touching faith in the power of corporate governance to save the Church in Australia. They...

George Weigel: Real fraternal correction

In the golden age of the Catholic episcopate — the days of great Church Fathers like Cyprian of Carthage and Augustine of Hippo in...

Plenary letdown: time to pass the torch?

In his closing remarks to the ACCCR “The People and the Plenary” session, Emeritus Professor John Warhurst said more transparency around the Plenary’s processes at this stage could help keep members and the broader Church engaged. The Catholic Weekly could not agree more, and gives Professor Warhurst’s statements a ringing endorsement.

German Catholic memo to Down Under: tread carefully with Plenary

After Pope Francis’ general audience on 5 January, a delegation of German Catholics approached the Holy Father and pressed a document into his hands. The...

Plenary voices: Bishop Robert Rabbat

A Priceless Heritage: The Eastern Catholic Churches Before considering what the Eastern Catholic Churches are, and their place in the Catholic Communion in Australia, perhaps...

Francis passes on his blessings for the Plenary

Pope Francis has sent greetings and blessings from Rome to the nearly 280 members gathering for the First Assembly of the Fifth Plenary Council...

Plenary 2021: shaken by the Spirit

A striking image of Pope Francis, repeated since the early days of his papacy, has been his public prayers with charismatic leaders, both Catholic...

Philippa Martyr: Breaking down Plenary voices

I keep being told that over 220,000 people participated in the Plenary Council process. It’s impressive but let’s break down those figures. The Final Report...

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....
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