Resurfacing ideas for Plenary Council 2020

Rose Marie Crowe, Ormond, Victoria, has attended a few plenary councils and offers some of that experience from a lay woman’s perspective as we move toward another plenary council. Could some of the ideas rejected then be re-cycled now?

The future of the Australian Priesthood

Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv.

This reflection on the priesthood in the light of the Royal Commission was delivered by Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv at the Manly Reunion gathering held at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, Lidcombe on 30 August, 2017. He calls out the trappings of clericalism and claims the space of servant-leadership for the future of the priesthood.

The status of women in Jesus’ time

Monique (real name supplied and withheld) looks at how Jesus broke the rules applying to gender. She writes with thanks to Jose Pagola’s ‘Jesus’.

To appreciate what women saw in Jesus and how he saw them we need to look at what life was like for women and wives in his time.

Visiting sex offenders in prison

Bishop Pat Power describes the pain and sadness of visiting people in prison and especially those priests who have been jailed for sex offences. He is inspired by the gospel imperative - I was in prison and you visited me (Matthew 25, 36). He wrote this piece in December 2016.

Golden Jubilee of the Episcopacy of Archbishop Len Faulkner

Bishop Eugene Hurley spoke at the Golden Jubilee of Archbishop Len Faulkner.