Tuesday, 14 August 2018

All Of Us Can 'Have Your Say' In Australian Catholic Bishops Plenary Council - Parramatta Diocesan

In our society, we all are human beings living together in our wonderful world and that is the great thing. In communities, people live together and as we find each individual is different and has a different life.

We expect all of us to live good and respectable lives, staying on the straight and narrow path of life. When we are adults, we take on certain community roles, that are regarded as highly respectable sand honourable, we must maintain that stance within our community. This must be done with personal dignity.

Most people maintain their dignity within their community When this is not done then all the community respect is lost. Or is it?

With the Final Report from the Royal Commission, on Recommendations of the Australian Institutional Responses To Child Sexual Abuse click here for details, our Australian Catholic Church Parramatta Diocesan, is in the forefront of allowing parishioners and Non-Catholics to 'Have your say'. 

Bishop Vincent Nguyen, Bishop of Parramatta Diocesan is asking, *'What do yous think God is asking us in Australia at this time?'

He is also supporting the Australian Bishops Plenary Council 2020 and our Diocesan Response.

What is Plenary 2020?
  • Plenary 2020 is the name given to a process initiated by the Australian bishops.
  • Our bishops are inviting people to engage in listening, dialogue and discernment about the future of the Church in Australia around the Plenary Council meetings in 2020 and 2021.
  • A plenary council is the highest form of gathering that a church in a particular country can have. It is a process by which lay people and clergy can be heard and has legislative power.

Why are Bishops holding a Plenary Council?
  • The contemporary society has changed significantly, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed the significant suffering our Church has caused, revealing our failures, and calling us to change.
  • “We must become a humble, listening and discerning church. The Plenary Council… will be an opportunity for us to listen humbly and with open hearts to one another and especially to what the Spirit is saying to us at this time.”
    -Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv
What is the Plenary timeline
  • The national dialogue started in May 2018 around the question: What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?
  • The four main stages of Plenary 2020 are:
    • Listening Sessions: Now till 6 March 2019
    • Discerning, Developing & Testing Themes: May 2019 to Dec 2019
    • Drafting Council Program and Documents. Meetings Held (2020 & 2021)
    • Implementation: 2021 and beyond

How do we participate in Stage One: Listening sessions?
  • Go to HAVE YOUR SAY to find out the many ways you can offer feedback.

For further information go to https://parracatholic.org/haveyoursay/ 
Or contact your local Parish Priest or Parish Pastoral Council
'Your Voice Matters'
Even Non-Catholics are invited to 'Have Your Say' as well
*Details used from Parramatta Diocesan Plenary 2020

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