Catholics For Renewal
Catholics for Renewal is a group of Australian Catholics who are deeply committed to the mission of Christ’ Church. We value the vision, teachings and legacy of the Second Vatican Council. We are passionate about preserving and promoting essential values of Christ’s teachings. Catholics for Renewal identifies itself with the Vatican Council’s primary affirmation that sound and transparent governance is and continues to be intrinsic to the nature of Catholic Church.
Discrimination — even by bishops — is contrary to the message of Jesus
Catholic bishops are misguided in their insistence on being legally permitted to discriminate against individuals to protect the “ethos” of their schools. Continue reading »
Catholic leaders should not fear ‘doing a new thing’
The disregard shown to the hopes of lay people at the first general assembly of the Catholic Church’s Fifth Plenary Council should not be repeated. Continue reading »
Catholic Plenary Council: What hope for success?
The fifth Plenary Council of Australia opened on Sunday with a solemn Mass and mixed expectations. For over it hangs a critical question: can it deliver the much-needed renewal of a drifting and wounded Church gone off mission? Continue reading »
The Plenary Council agenda is not fit for purpose
The approaching Plenary Council agenda have a vision of how the Church can best model and build the Kingdom of God, encourage open, bold, and Spirit-guided discussion and discernment, and lead to consensus decisions on how best to provide for the pastoral needs of the people of God. Continue reading »
Renew the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne or sink into the sunset.
Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli, now accepts that his diocese is in a huge existential crisis. He told his diocesan clergy on 28 April 2021 and parish lay leaders on 22 May 2021 that the diocese is on a ‘threshold’ and either we do something or ‘sink into the sunset’. Continue reading »
Instrumentum Laboris: A major disappointment
Catholics for Renewal finds this Instrumentum Laboris a major disappointment. It takes us nowhere in particular, and certainly not towards an agenda that will achieve genuine reform and renewal in our Church. It is not the impetus needed to get the Church in Australia ‘back on mission.’ Continue reading »
Waiting with hope for Church renewal.
“We begin to die the day we don’t act on things that matter.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jnr Continue reading »