What is God asking of Australians today: Concerned Catholics respond
By JOHN McLAURIN
As part of the process leading up to the 2020 Plenary Council, a series of discussions has already begun about some of the big questions facing Catholics today. Catholic Voice Editor John McLaurin asked a number of groups in the archdiocese to respond to the question: What do you think God is asking in Australia at this time? Here is the response from Concerned Catholics of the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese.
1. What does your group or community think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?
God is asking us to explore how all the faithful can contribute to strengthen our church community in following Christ’s example and teachings.
2. Did you and or members of your group attend last month’s Plenary Council Listening Sessions in Canberra. If so, what further thoughts did the sessions provoke?
Concerned Catholics has welcomed the opportunity provided by the Listening Sessions. The wide range of issues raised by the participants with strength and thoughtfulness (at the Listening and Dialogue Sessions) underlines the need for and value of a much more inclusive church. That would be an institution with a leadership open to the wisdom and honesty of the faithful and prepared to act accordingly.
Pope Francis has proclaimed a central role for the laity. Concerned Catholics is seeking substantial reforms which are urgently needed to ensure the church restores its moral authority and relevance, particularly for young Australians.
We are seeking reforms giving lay women and men equality in church decision-making with the clergy, the appointment of a woman co-chair of the Plenary Council and amendments of Canon Law 514 that restricts the laity’s part in church decision-making to an advisory role.
We seek greater accountability and transparency in the policy-making and administration of the church.