Catholics for Renewal





Book Launch

Sydney, 21 November 2019

Book Launch booking HERE


Voice of Hope and Challenge Conference Details

Nov.15,16,17   Yarra Theological College, Study Centre, 93 Albion Rd, Box Hill

Total Conference: $220.   OR    Friday Night only (Bp Vincent Long lecture) $33

Booking:     Full Program and Brochure HERE


‘How to End the History of Clerical Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church’
In this public lecture, visiting Macgeorge Fellow Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes will explore how we can end the history of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Never one to shy away from controversy, her talk will be based on three decades of studying and intervening in the global 'traffic in children' for sexual gratification by Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals. Drawing on memoir, ethnography, Church history, Canon Law, and political theology, Professor Scheper-Hughes will explain the foundational causes, ugly consequences, and missed opportunities by the Vatican to end the clerical sexual abuse of children once and for all. The School’s own Dr Dave McDonald, a criminologist whose research explores institutional child sex abuse and the related Royal Commission, will act
When: Tuesday 23 July 2019  5.30pm – 7.30pm
Where: Public Lecture Theatre (PLT)
Old Arts Building,  The University of Melbourne.     For more information see the attached flyer,

Ozanam Conversation: Standing Up

Reclaiming lay leadership in the Catholic sector Wednesday 24 July, 6.30 – 8pm at Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Road, East Melbourne.  Join renowned journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue in conversation with Francis Sullivan who was recently CEO of The Truth, Justice and Healing Council. Francis argues for the need of reform, renewal and refreshment in the Church and has been highly successful in bringing a social conscience to the political debate on health and welfare issues. RSVP 15 July Phone: 9895 5935

Church Organisations - Good Governance
The workshop is intended to open up the issues of governance currently facing the Church in Australia (and universally) in the light of the report of the Royal Commission on Institutional responses to Child Abuse, and the Plenary Council 2020/21 called by the Australian bishops.

The workshop will examine the nature of good governance principles and practices as they should apply to Church governance and is being marketed to Church organisations, with a focus on councils and boards, CEOs & managers, school leadership teams, parish priests, parish pastoral councils, hospital administrators and the variety of religious congregational people. Issues addressed will include the civil, canonical, moral and cultural responsibilities of those in leadership within the Catholic Church and the relationship between civil and canon law, between church and state. 
Sr Rosie Joyce, lecturer in canon law at YTU and Past President Catholic Religious Australia, has coopted Fr Ian Waters (eminent canonist advising on the Plenary Council and lecturer in canon law at CTC), Gabrielle McMullen (Emeritus Professor, Australian Catholic University and acting VC of UD) and Peter Johnstone, Principal at PJ Governance,  to work on the development of this workshop. An impressive range of speakers (above) will address the workshop and lead discussion
Registration details and poster are at and
Past Events (2016 - 2018) HERE