Role of Laity focus of fourth Concerned Catholics forum

Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long

Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long

The fourth and forthright Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long, will lead a distinguished panel at the fourth major forum of Concerned Catholics of Canberra and Goulburn on September 11, 2018.

The forum is entitled: The Future of the Catholic Church in Australia: Role of the Laity in Church Renewal.

Bishop Long, who gave thought-provoking testimony last year to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, will be joined on the panel by Sr Clare Condon, formerly Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, and Ms Anne Kirwan, CEO of Catholic Care, Canberra and Goulburn.

Bishop Vincent is the first Vietnamese-born bishop to lead a diocese outside of Vietnam and the first Vietnamese-born bishop in Australia. He came to Australia by boat in 1975 and is the Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Migrants and Refugees.

Long believes that ordained ministers have too much power in the Catholic Church and too little accountability, and that the marginalisation of women and the laity is part of this culture of clericalism that contributes not insignificantly to the sexual abuse crisis.

  • Date: Tuesday 11 September 2018
  • Location: Australian Centre for Christianity & Culture, Barton, ACT
  • Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Accomodation: 0401 731 918

www.concernedcatholicscanberra.org

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