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Get Ready for the 2018 NCP Convention in Canberra!

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be over and the Australian church will be preparing for the Plenary Council in 2020…


Pope wants episcopal conferences to decide on married priests, says cardinal

Cardinal Walter Kasper says the shortage of priests has become critical. “Priests today are often managers with four or five parishes to look after. They have no time for pastoral work.” reported Christa Pongratz-Lippitt in La Croix International on April 12, 2017.  


Canberra Catholics push for more power in church decision-making

Over 200 people attended a meeting in Canberra with Archbishop Chris Prowse in attendance on April 27 to call for reform in church governance reported Katie Burgess in The Canberra Times on April 28.


Why is there resistance to Amoris Laetitia?

The apostolic exhortation The joy of love was published on April 8, 2016. In parishes that he visited to present the document, Dominican theologian, Fr Jean-Miguel Garrigues, has observed that some Catholics have difficulties in accepting the divorced and remarried, reported Mélinée Le Priol in La Croix International on April 10, 2017


New auxiliary bishop for Brisbane

Fr Ken Howell will serve alongside the Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge as auxiliary bishop, the Pope announced on March 27, 2017 according to the Australian Bishops’ media blog.


Association of Catholic Priests

The US Association of Catholic Priests has produced a proposal for lay pastoral care in priest-less parishes. Experience shows we need personal presence of authorized pastoral ministers, ordained or non-ordained, working in collaboration and within the principle of subsidiarity.


Sevenhill: rich fruits from a small seed

The formidable story of the Jesuits of Sevenhill in South Australia’s Clare Valley is told in a new book which documents their remarkable contribution to religion, spirituality and the wine industry.


NCP: Working For Our Members

The many ways in which the NCP works for its members.


Melbourne NCP Convention

Our recent convention was booked out, and participants from across Australia returned home with a strong sense of being filled with good things.


“Let Our Church Doors Be Open”

Priests from across Australia are steadily registering to participate in our fast approaching NCP National Convention. If you are yet to make a decision to attend – let me help you! You will be warmly welcomed and feel a strong sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness during the four days of the Convention.


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