What’s Been Happening in Religious Education
The Catholic Church in Australia is entering into a very exciting period of discernment, with the hope of making changes to be in line with the needs of Australian Catholics and to be able to minister to all in a twenty first century context. The last time the Catholic Church in Australia held a Plenary Council was in 1937. It has been more than 80 years since we gathered all of the Church together and much has changed. In 2020, we will have a Plenary Council about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia. What are we called to do? Who are we called to be? How do we need to change?
Pope Francis has spoken of the need to engage in the world and respond in faith. He said:
“The defining aspect of this change of epoch is that things are no longer in their place. Our previous ways of explaining the world and relationships, good and bad, no longer appears to work. The way in which we locate ourselves in history has changed. Things we thought would never happen, or that we never thought we would see, we are experiencing now, and we dare not even imagine the future. That which appeared normal to us – family, the Church, society and the world – will probably no longer seem that way. We cannot simply wait for what we are experiencing to pass, under the illusion that things will return to being how they were before.”
The journey toward the Plenary Council will help us to prepare to listen to God by listening to one another. Over the next twelve months, we will be providing an opportunity for both staff and students to become involved with this. Sessions will be run for students to voice concerns, share their thoughts and insights with a view to creating a Catholic Church in Australia that is relevant, vibrant and life-giving. Details about these sessions will be posted in upcoming newsletters. I would encourage you to speak with your parish priests about initiatives that you can be involved with within your parishes. It is an opportunity for all Catholics to be heard and to have input in the future of the Church in Australia.
Should you wish to know more about the Plenary Council, please follow this link to the Plenary Council website: