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News 2017 Old

A broad and  diverse mix of Local, National and International faith-related News, Information and Opinions.     
Views expressed are those of the Authors and may or may not always represent those of Catholics For Renewal

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Having a Say in Selecting Our Bishops
Having a Say in Selecting Our Bishops
Report on results of an Online Survey
Conducted by Catholics for Renewal
Friday 3 February 201
7 Report on results of an Online Survey

Conducted by Catholics for Renewal
Friday 3 February 2017

Most Catholics have few, if any, opportunities to have their say on the current state of their local church and what they are looking for in a new leader for their diocese. Catholics for Renewal has provided this opportunity through an online survey. The questions were simple but sought open-ended replies to give people a chance to express themselves freely. Whilst this was complicated to analyse, it has yielded excellent and detailed feedback. Most respondents took the time and made the effort to spell out their hopes and concerns in depth. The responses showed an acute sense of the need for change, often spelling out in detail the changes they suggested were needed in specific areas. The responses addressed at length the qualities of the type of bishops they are looking for. Overall, these concerned Catholics showed widespread dissatisfaction with the current state of their local diocese and parishes. Their dissatisfaction referred to current governance arrangements, and the need for a stronger pastoral focus and more effective leadership from their bishop and his willingness to consult widely. The results of the survey indicate strong belief that many bishops do not recognise or understand the realities of 21st Century Catholics. The results also show the strong desire of concerned and informed Catholics to have a greater role in the selection of their bishop and the governance of their diocese and local parish. The feedback includes helpful suggestions on how this can be achieved.

The Summary, Full Report, and Other Diocese Attachment are available for download.  Image from Montana Roue

"The Rising Laity" *  SIP event, Wednesday 22 February 2017,
Presentations by RoseMarie Prosser and David Timbs. This Spirituality In The Pub initiative of Catalyst for Renewal will take place at the Sandringham Hotel.  Details on the Events page  *The title of a recent book by lay theologian Massimo Faggiolo

Gender Issues. SIP event. Wed 1 March 2017, Pumphouse Hotel Fitzroy, Associate professor Campbell Paul. Details and  Flyer on Events page.

Royal Commission 'wrap-up' sessions daily streamed-video and transcripts HERE
Royal Commission final week of 'wrap-up' Hearings.
Friday 17 February 2017
Amongst others, listed witnesses for the final week of wrap-up Hearings for Royal Commission Case Study 50 - The Catholic Church - include Archbishops Denis Hart, Anthony Fisher, Mark Coleridge, Timothy Costelloe SDB and Philip Wilson. Hearings are streamed live and daily transcripts are available from the The Royal Commission website. The Commission will deliver its Recommendations in December.