“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the  streets,  rather  than  a  Church  which  is  unhealthy  from  being  confined  and  from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and  which  then  ends  by  being  caught  up  in  a  web  of  obsessions  and  procedures.”
— Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 49.

Plenary Council 2020 and beyond: Promoting parish conversations about change

A group of parishes from Melbourne and beyond are sponsoring this website:

  • To facilitate discussions between parishes in Australia on the key issues facing the Church, and

  • to articulate and promote via a consultative process a shared view of parishes, to the extent to which there exists a shared view across parishes about these issues.

We invite all involved in the Plenary Council (PC) process in their parish to join in a conversation to contribute to change in the Church. This includes contributions on any of the urgent issues noted below, or on any other issue you think critical for the PC.


For information about the submission process and other guidelines see How to contribute. We seek contributions from all points of view, provided they are considered, respectful and do not involve attacks on individuals. Photos and videos are welcomed. For support sending attachments that are too large to email (such as MP4 video files), please contact us, or email us on this address senseofthefaithful@gmail.com

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