We invite contributions from individuals or groups associated with parishes anywhere in Australia on the three issues identified below or on any other issues seen as important to PC2020. These contributions may, of course, include responses to contributions from others. See How to contribute. Views on these and other issues from parishes are also to be found in the submissions listed on the Views from the Parishes page.
The newest material uploaded is identified by a link in bold purple text.
How can we advance the role of women in the Church?
Geralyn Anderson, a parishioner of St
Thomas the Apostle, Blackburn. July 2020.
Nalis Miranda, St Joseph’s Malvern, June 2020
Rex Hackett, Diocese of Lismore, June 2020
Jacinta Bright, April 2020
Mary Cameron, St Thomas More’s, Mount Eliza
Can the PC become truly representative?
Can PC2020 be truly synodal?
Peter Sheehan, St Kevin’s Lower Templestowe, Victoria
How should the PC response to the environmental crisis?
Bruce Duncan, April 2020
Earth, Our Common Home – a call to cherish and preserve the only home we have
Pat Long, St Brendan’s, Flemington, Victoria
The Church and the PC after Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic is a historic break in the life of communities, both globally and in Australia. It will shift attitudes, lead to new policies and impact heavily on the poor and disadvantaged. The Australian Church will also need to address these shifts, exploring what they mean for the communities we serve. With the first session of Plenary Council 2020 now deferred until 2021, this is an opportunity to assess progress to date with the Council and, if necessary, to shape new directions for what is now Plenary Council 2021.
We invite contributions from parish communities or from individuals associated with them on any aspects of this topic.
The Editorial Committee
Gerry McKernan and Peter Sheehan, May 2020
What is happening in Australian parishes?
Len Monk, St Bernard’s Parish, Belmont, Vic, August 2020
Vin Underwood, St James Parish, North Brighton, June 2020
Richard Curtain, St Carthage’s Parish, Parkville, May 2020
John Davies, St Joseph’s Parish, Malvern,
New PC Documents
Sense of the Faithful Editorial Committee, September 2020
The Editorial Committee encourage and welcome your comments and debate on this Working Document. Please feel free to contribute to the conversation by emailing us at
Rowan Ireland, St Francis Xavier’s, SFX Montmorency, June 2020
The report and recommendations on the governance and management of the dioceses and parishes in the Catholic Church in Australia.
The Light from the Southern Cross: A Reading Guide
Shane Dwyer, STL
Historic review of Catholic Church governance finalised
Implementation Advisory Group Media Release, 19 August 2020
The Six Writing Group Reports
These reports can be obtained by clicking on the links below.
Forthcoming videos from the Yarra Theological Union staff members on relevant topics
Classes commence 27 July 2020