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Key Plenary Council topics emerge from final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase

CELIBACY for priests, the role of women, and the inclusion of divorced and remarried Catholics were among “strongly discussed” topics contained in the Plenary Council 2020’s latest report. The final report of the council’s Listening and Dialogue phase captures the voice of more than 222,000 Australians and provides insights into 17,457 individual and group submissions. Plenary council president Perth Archbishop ... Read More »

What will be discussed at Australia’s plenary council?

Pope ordains

NOW that Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold an historic plenary council – the first in more than 80 years – what is the biggest hot-button issue up for discussion? For some, the issue is whether the Catholic Church should allow married men to become priests, a move that would end a ... Read More »

Our pilgrimage of faith has been marked out by God

Laying of hands

THE evangelical counsels – the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience – have been the subject of a weekly class throughout our time here in Hong Kong and they will continue right up until the conclusion of our novitiate. It is obviously essential that we have a clear understanding of what these vows entail as – should we persevere and ... Read More »

Celibacy is ‘supernatural’

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By Peter Holmes I HAVE grown a little tired of hearing child abuse blamed on “repressed sexuality” of celibate men. There is no doubt that the Catholic Church must face up to the fact that some heinous and criminal abuse was allowed to continue unchecked due to neglect, secrecy and even culpable incompetence. I shall leave debate about the fact ... Read More »

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