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  • Susan Swift 8 months

    Perhaps now is the time to talk about the bricks & mortar of the Church. With congregations shrinking due to both age & the Covid-19 who will pay for the upkeep of these buildings? This process will be a challenge in 2021 & will probably dominate many discussions in Catholic communities. With an increase in the loss of jobs & a continuous increase in homelessness, how will Catholics react.  We need to remember the Words of Our Lord, when he said that when you showed compassion to the unfortunate in our communities you did it for me.

  • Luis 8 months

    The misleading heading ‘What will the Catholic Church look like in 2021?’ is rescued by the first sentence, where it is clear only the Church in Australia is meant.
    I am often struck by how many Catholics refer to ‘the Church’ meaning only the community in Australia.
    For all that Cardinal Ratzinger said somewhere that ‘There is no right or left in the Church’, friends who would likely describe themselves as being on the Left, not uncommonly have little time for the faith of their Third World fellow Catholics and their relative lack of concern about ‘issues’ such as male clergy, church (non-)attendance, the consequential perceived need for liturgical, if not doctrinal, change, and the like.
    Unless Australian Catholics seriously want to emulate Henry VIII Fid. Def., a broader, world perspective, and discussion, if not acceptance, of this perspective, could be a handy remedy. Instead of urging radical change to adapt to Australian perspectives which in several respects happen to no longer be Christian, this discussion might include analysis of why the Church in Australia seems likely to be smaller than a generation or two ago, while in many other countries this is not assumed to be the case.

    • William 7 months

      I agree wholeheartedly, Luis; thankyou for sharing this perspective. The very word “Catholic” is often overlooked regarding discussions concerning the Catholic Church in Australia. Many Australian Catholics are ignorant of the meaning of the word “Catholic” and again are ignorant (sometimes wilfully so) that it is the Catholic Church IN Australia NOT the Catholic Church OF Australia. Again, thank you for bringing this issue to the very necessary forefront of our consciousness.

  • Gavin O'Brien 8 months

    Luis,
    While the Catholic Church is “Universal”, indeed the word means that, we are in practice separate Churches in Communion with Rome, where the Pope is also Bishop. Bishops and Arch Bishops have total responsibility for their Dioceses /Arch Dioceses. I am fortunate to have experience of both the ‘Western’ (Australian and English Catholic Churches), whilst also having an insight into the ‘other’ (Philippines Catholicity). The problem of priest shortage is not confined to the ‘western churches’, it is also an issue in the ‘other Churches’, particularly the Amazon Region for example. Whilst church attendances remain high in Africa, there has been a noticeable fall in South and Central America and the Philippines in recent decades.
    The issues facing the Church in the west , for example the sexual scandals, are certainly not confined to that part of the world as we are beginning to find out. The questioning of Church authority is widespread throughout the Catholic world . Maybe improved education among the young in developing strongly Catholic countries is a reason for the ‘unrest’being observed there. Lastly Catholic teaching has evolved and is evolving as our understanding of Jesus’ message grows and matures. Doctrine has never been static in the Church.

  • Elizabeth Harrington 8 months

    I am very surprised at the comment about the US having “a terrific set of guidelines for Catholics to use that meet World Health Organisation protocols for preventing the spread of infectious diseases”.
    Evidence shows clearly that Australia did extremely well with guidelines for public worship during the pandemic. I don’t think it’s wise to be holding up the US as an example with 3000 deaths there yesterday.