Creating a Synodal Church - speaking with and listening to each other
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"A group of parishioners in the Grovedale Parish in Melbourne were keen to get involved in the Plenary Council. So they sought, with the support of their parish priest Fr Linh Tran, the involvement by their local Bishop Mark Edwards OMI. Bishop Mark spent an hour with them and spurred their enthusiasm to get the rest of the parishioners on board to become part of the listening and dialogue process."
Our participation in the Listening and Dialogue Process for the Plenary Council has begun!
Is the Church an anachronism if it continues to only ordain men as priests?
Do we believe all that the creed states?
In response to Gerry O'Byrne and Paul Daffey...
We want our priests to have a lower administrative workload and a greater pastoral emphasis.
In the run-up to the 2020 Plenary, a conversation is evolving within the Catholic community on the topic of 'clericalism' and its role in the governance and accountability of Catholics in general and the hierarchy in particular.
Pope wants episcopal conferences to decide on married priests, says Cardinal.
Cardinal Kaspar says the shortage of priests has become critical. 'Priests today are often managers with four or five parishes to look after. They have no time for pastoral work."
Cardinal Reinhard Marx (63-year-old German Cardinal, who is a top aide and advisor to Pope Francis, has announced plans to allow laypeople in his Archdiocese of Munich to lead parishes where there are no priests.
I truly believe that to address the institutional culture as it relates to the crime of sexual abuse in the Church is for the 2020 Plenary Council (and all of us) to take seriously the presentation by Bishop Geoffrey Robinson at the Australasian Clergy Abuse and Reparation & Prevention Conference in Sydney on 12 November, 2010. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson recommended 12 elements
in church culture that contribute to clerical abuse. It is well worth watching.
Bishops Must Act Now to Help Victims of Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission on Sexual Abuse is over, but already the needs of victims are not a priority. The Catholic Bishops of Australia stated before the Commission that they could act immediately, yet no action is evident. LifeBoat is a means by which Catholics and the Catholic Hierarchy can do the needful.