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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…

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Governance and Culture: the Catholic Church in Australia.

Anne O’Brien writes from a lay woman’s perspective and a wealth of experience including working as a facilitator in the Towards Healing process. She is now a member of Catholics Speak Out and Catholics for Renewal. She offers some powerful insights. Apart from the establishment of stringent controls concerning the safety of children, the Royal […]

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It’s time to put past victims and present and future children first

Frank Brennan SJ, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, offered this homily at Holy Trinity Church, Curtin, Transfiguration Parish, North Woden, Canberra on 26 February 2017 shortly after he gave evidence at the Royal Commission. The second homily is for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Garran, ACT offered […]

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Outdated model for preparing priests needs major overhaul

Robert Mickens, in La Croix International, 24 March 2017, explores the Pope’s concerns about priestly formation. Reprinted with permission.

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The smell of sheep

Peter Day, Canberra & Goulburn priest, discusses how we can recover from clericalism and power to become the church of the poor, a gospel church. We need to have a serious conversation about the mess we’re in. One that doesn’t play the ‘man’ (bishops/clerics), but rather the ‘ball’ (church governance/culture). What we face is deep […]

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Please Listen and Act Now: A letter to the Bishops

Catholics for Renewal has drafted the letter below in consultation with many Catholics who have been distressed by the increasing failings of the Church, particularly in the context of the evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. You can view and sign the letter here: www.catholicsforrenewal.org/open-letter Dear Bishops, The Royal […]

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The Royal Commission and the need for reform

Bishop Pat Power posted this response to the Royal Commission wrap-up on Catholic Church on 1 March 2017 on Pearls and Irritations website: http://johnmenadue.com Reprinted with permission. Despite all the warnings, I don’t know of anyone who has not been shocked by what has emerged from the Royal Commission. For twenty years or more, we […]

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Diocesan and parish governance: the next hot topic

John Scanlon explores some possible remedies of the poor governance in the church and parishes in the light of the evidence at the Royal Commission. He critiques the current approach of creating bigger parishes with priests limited in energy, competence and/or capacity. Church Governance in Relation to the State During February 2017 the Royal Commission […]

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Where to from here?

Francis Sullivan is CEO, Truth, Justice and Healing Council of the Catholic Church. This is an edited version of a speech he gave to Catalyst for Renewal, Villa Maria Parish, Hunters Hill, Sydney on Friday 10 March 2017. It was only last month that we were confronted with the devastating statistics of child sexual abuse […]

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The Catholic bishops don’t understand their responsibility and accountability

John Menadue questions how the current bishops can avoid all responsibility for the negligence of their predecessors.  It’s very rare that an emperor tells us he has no clothes. But hats off to one that does. That’s almost what the Australian bishops have just done after being driven to their knees by the scale and […]

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