A church in crisis needing attention

Dr Gerardine Taylor Robinson, clinical psychologist, has worked for over 25 years in mental health and was Clinical Director of Encompass Australasia for 11 years. This article is the presentation she made at the NCP Convention in Canberra on 11 September 2018. 

NCP Convention a wonderful success

Bernie Thomas, former editor of The Swag and now retired priest of the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, offers a general reflection on the NCP Convention. 

Priests from around Australia gathered in Canberra in mid-September for the biennial Convention of the National Council of Priests. This year, the theme was Being Catholic in Australia today – After the Royal Commission and before the Plenary Council 2020.

No action, is not an option now – a case for inclusion

Marilyn Hatton presented this talk at the National Council Priests Convention in Canberra on Thursday 13 September 2018.

In 2015, I had the privilege of working with the International Church Reform Network  (ICRN) at their Limerick meeting and again in 2016, in Chicago. 

How parishes can welcome LGBT Catholics

James Martin SJ delivered this talk at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin on 23 August 2018. Reprinted by permission. In this extract of the full talk, Martin talks about some fundamental insights for parishes and what can a parish do to be more welcoming and respectful.

Homosexuality and the clergy: caught in a trap of dishonesty

James Alison is a priest, theologian, lecturer, retreat giver and itinerant preacher who lives in Madrid, Spain. He analyses the dangers of the Catholic Church’s approach to ‘gay’ priests. Reprinted with permission from The Tablet August 4, 2018. A follow-up article will appear in the next edition of The Swag.