Catholics for Renewal


Editorial August 2019

Getting back on mission - How?

The Catholic Church has gone ‘off mission’. The tragedies and scandal of clerical child sexual abuse and the cover-up by bishops is symptomatic of a deeply ailing church.

A new book "Getting Back on Mission" focuses on Jesus’ mission for the Church; it exposes dysfunctional governance involving a grave lack of
accountability and transparency, and the exclusion of the People of
God particularly women.

Characterising the book, He Qi’s cover painting After Resurrection depicts Jesus’ disciples – women and men – empowered by their new faith in the Risen Christ, setting out on God’s mission to bring the light of the Gospel to the world. It also suggests today’s disciples searching together for a way to make the Church a true sign of the Kingdom in the 21st century.

This comprehensive book by Catholics For Renewal is one of many contributions to the Australian Catholic Plenary Council 2020/2021. It is equally a user-friendly resource for all Catholics wishing to engage in ongoing reform of our Church. Its purpose is twofold; to get the Church back ‘on mission’; and to show how that can be achieved ‘together’.

The reforms proposed are based on sound evidence and analysis. For
Catholics wanting genuine renewal of their Church, this roadmap for
change is a must-read and an essential companion book for the Plenary

Getting Back on Mission is forward-looking and founded on trust in the Spirit – it is about hope.

Catholics for Renewal is a group of committed Catholics that has been advocating Church renewal for a decade. A legion of Catholics has supported its work involving surveys, open letters, articles, and public evidence at major government inquiries.

Catholics for Renewal believes that the Church will change only if individual Catholics take up the challenge and drive that change. Many reform groups throughout Australia are doing just that.

The book has been reviewed by several prominent Catholics in Australia and around the world who share its hope for renewal. One of these comments:

"I hope this book helps navigate our Church’s sacred pastors to the wisdom and action needed to get us out of this mess."

–Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland

Book launches

Getting Back On Mission is published by and available from Garratt Publishing and will be initially launched in Melbourne on September 17 and elsewhere in Australia and internationally later (Warsaw in September).

In Melbourne the book will be launched by Francis Sullivan, former CEO of the Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, in the Oratory Room, Newman College, University of Melbourne, Parkville, from 6:30pm with light refreshments, for 7:00pm launch. Bookings essential, via

Getting Back on Mission: Reforming our Church Together is available from Garratt Publishing for pre-order through September at the special price of $25.00 plus postage. Click here to buy or call Garratt Publishing on 1300 650 878.