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The 2016 NCP Convention was held at the Pullman on the Park Hotel in Melbourne. The keynote speaker was Professor Massimo Faggioli from Villa Nova University, Philadelphia. The material he presented was stimulating and entertaining.
The NCP Convention in Melbourne in July was a marvellous success with the rich thinking of Massimo Faggioli who invited us to think about the theology of Vatican II being heralded into its second phase by Pope Francis.
Our recent convention was booked out, and participants from across Australia returned home with a strong sense of being filled with good things.
Pope Francis is surprisingly candid in denouncing things that Catholics do in the name of their faith just to keep up appearances. He did so again most recently with a new document on ecclesial movements and in remarks on marriage.
Our topic is that of carrying a scandal biblically. Perhaps it might more aptly be entitled: “From being scandalised to helping to carry a scandal biblically.”
We have been told the door is closed to women’s ordination, but here in Australia many of us who have been working for years to rectify the gender imbalance in the church.
Church ministry is changing. In many parishes secretary/managers are running parish bureaucracy. Pastoral workers are coordinating sacramental preparation, liturgy planning, liturgical music, discussion programs, prayer groups and visiting of the sick.
Churches in the United States have been closing for decades. Yet even as many of these neighbourhoods revitalize, church closings continue unabated.
Most of us have seen the television clips with very young girls, in overseas locations, being forced into marriage. Many of us are completely unaware, however, that forced marriage happens here in Australia too.