Plenary Matters S6 Ep 3: Bold reform in Catholic schools
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
2w ago
Two years on from Australia’s Plenary Council, Catholic schools are taking up Pope Francis’ call for bold action in living the contemporary mission of the Church in Australia. Deputy CEO of Catholic Schools NSW Danielle Cronin says Catholic schools are no longer immune to the challenges of social cohesion. But it’s ‘in our DNA,’ she says, to see the whole child, including the families and communities around them, as the mission of Catholic education today. From the Diocese of Lismore to the tiny town of Wee Waa, the ‘Connected Catholic Communities’ initiative is responding to the diverse and d ..read more
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Plenary Matters S6 Ep 2: Timothy Radcliffe ...on hope
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
2M ago
In this special episode of Plenary Matters Geraldine speaks about hope with Dominican priest Timothy Radcliffe during his recent visit to Australia. Pope Francis appointed Fr Timothy as spiritual advisor to the synod on synodality and his series of talks and meditations to synod delegates set the tone for the synod’s call to journey together as a global human family. Timothy tells Geraldine he thinks the church has something to offer a multipolar world. But it may cost us. ‘This crisis will really put us to the test whether we are the body of Christ in which the walls are broken down between n ..read more
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Plenary Matters S6 Ep 1: The Afternoon of Christianity
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
2M ago
Welcome back to a new season of Plenary Matters! Up first is renowned Czech theologian Tomáš Halík, in Australia last month to discuss his new book, The Afternoon of Christianity, with Australian Jesuit Frank Brennan. Drawing on his experience of an underground church, Tomáš calls for a deepening spirituality that goes beyond the institutional and mental borders of Christianity to meet the ‘Galilee of today’. Is the church ready for the task? Watch the discussion on the Diocese of Parramatta's YouTube channel, as part of the 'Bishop Vincent Presents' series, and leave your feedback via the Ple ..read more
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Plenary Matters S5 Ep 5: What did the first assembly achieve?
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
6M ago
Christopher White, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, sat down with Geraldine during his recent visit to the Diocese of Parramatta to give some revealing anecdotes and insights into the synod's first assembly. While the dismantling of hierarchy may be a step still too far for some delegates, he believes the next papal enclave will be a referendum on synodality. He also told Geraldine any correspondence to the pope on matters like women deacons can be sent c/- Prefecture of the Papal Household, 00120 Vatican City State. You can watch the interview on the Diocese of Parram ..read more
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Plenary Matters S5 Ep 4: Letter to the people of God
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
7M ago
The synod released its letter to the People of God, while Pope Francis made his own intervention on the Church as 'God's faithful people.' Geraldine chats with Julie on her last day on the press floor about her experience observing on the ground and how synodality might be made more concrete in the coming months. On Vatican News: Synod General Assembly to People of God: 'Church must listen to everyone' Pope: I like to think of the Church as God’s faithful people On National Catholic Reporter: Francis wants the synod in every parish. Here's how to bring it to yours Interview with Susan Pasco ..read more
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Plenary Matters S5 Ep 3: History making at the synod
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
7M ago
As the synod prepares its final documents to go out from Rome to the whole Church at the end of this week, the real work of the first assembly is only beginning. The Tablet correspondent Christopher Lamb, who covered the Plenary Council in Australia, tells Geraldine that this synod is history in the making despite some questioning its legitimacy. This episode was recorded on the floor of the press room and filmed by a PBS documentary team. We are trying to resolve the audio issues on Geraldine's end, please bear with us! Mentioned in this episode: Christopher Lamb's Tablet article, 'At synod ..read more
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Plenary Matters S5 Ep 2: A church under pressure
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
7M ago
Just over the halfway point of this first assembly of the synod and the tensions on the floor are no surprise, according to Australian Augustinian Fr Tony Banks. He has a unique vantage point living with five of the synod delegates right beside St Peter's Square and tells Geraldine that the emotions and personal testimonies in the room, which are reportedly disturbing some delegates, are part of the process. While the effects of synodality won't be felt for some years to come, he believes this synod is cementing the notion of a church under pressure to change. Read Loup Besmond de Senneville's ..read more
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Plenary Matters S5 Ep 1: The synod gets underway
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
7M ago
As the first full week of the synod wraps up Geraldine speaks to Br Mark O’Connor who is in Rome watching and listening on the ground. The pre-synod retreat led by Dominican priest Timothy Radcliffe set a reflective tone for the men and women who will spend the rest of October at round tables just like at Australia’s Plenary Council. While inside the synod hall delegates seem to be learning the new rules of engagement, Mark is also keeping a close eye and ear on Vatican press proceedings. Follow Plenary Matters in Rome on the Plenary Matters Facebook page. Highly recommended: • Timothy Radclif ..read more
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Plenary Matters S4 Ep 10: The Young and the Restless revisited
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
8M ago
Google synodality, then discuss: how can Catholicism attract modern searchers? Geraldine goes back to two ‘Young and the Restless’ guests from last year, Grace Brennan and Joe Wehbe, to explore how they each think the church can better serve diverse communities. In regional Australia Grace sees a parallel between empty shopfronts and empty churches, in need of creative solutions to arrest decline. For Joe, it’s the individuals who can hold communities together and are often unaware of their influence on those around them who emerge as the true leaders. But how do people become the protagonists ..read more
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Plenary Matters S4 Ep 9: Creating a future church
Plenary Matters
by Geraldine Doogue
9M ago
How does the church engage creatively with the modern world? For Richard Lennan, who did his doctorate in Austria on Karl Rahner, looking to the future to see how we should be in the present has been the project of his theological life for nearly four decades. This is the 'Gaudium et spes' approach to the world: neither naïve nor fearful about the future, but always moving ourselves towards God rather than reducing God to our place and time. Now professor at Boston College teaching the next generation of theologians, he wants church leaders to better support these lay women and men in bridging ..read more
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