Melbourne parishes challenge Plenary Council’s process

When 26 Melbourne parishes got together to explore the questions raised by the Plenary Council, they decided they wanted to be more proactive and produced a statement to try to advance the decisions of the sensus fidei. The authors of the Joint Statement believe that the more a united front is voiced the more effective it is. The more often it is put to the Plenary Council team and bishops, the more likely it is that the voice of the many voices now unheard will be heard. You can read more about this statement and add your comments at:

Chittister, censorship and an adult church

Patty Fawkner SGS, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, asks whether censorship in the Catholic Church underestimates the intelligence and maturity of the faithful. This article was first published in the July 2019 edition of The Good Oil, the e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters

Inspiring week for retired priest

Melbourne priest Fr Len Thomas, who retired nine years ago, explores his most spirit-filled wonderful week of retirement.

Frank Brennan

Our Church or our museum? Contributing to a confident, humble, listening and questioning church

Frank Brennan SJ AO discusses issues faced today at a meeting of Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn held at Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra on June 26, 2019. This is an edited text. Full text at here and  here. Listen to full speech at here.

The Third Australian Plenary Council 3-10 September, 1905

Peter Wilkinson

This is Part 1 of the sixth in the series of articles by Peter Wilkinson looking at the particular (provincial and plenary) councils of the Catholic Church held in Australia between 1844 and 1937. It examines the Third Australian Plenary Council held in Sydney from 3-10 September 1905. Part 2 of this article will appear in Summer edition of The Swag.