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?

A Mother’s Love

Geralyn Anderson, a parishioner of St
Thomas the Apostle, Blackburn. July 2020.

Walking the talk on the role of women

Nalis Miranda, St Joseph’s Malvern, June 2020

“There is no distinction between Jew and Greek, slave or free, male or female”

Rex Hackett, Diocese of Lismore, June 2020

Pastoral Associates under threat

Jacinta Bright, April 2020

The Voice of Women in the Church

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?
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

The Plenary Council: Where to after Coronavirus?

Gerry McKernan and Peter Sheehan, May 2020

What is happening in Australian parishes?

St Bernard's neighbourhood meals

Len Monk, St Bernard’s Parish, Belmont, Vic, August 2020

A few thoughts on parish renewal

Vin Underwood, St James Parish, North Brighton, June 2020

How are Catholic parishes faring?

Richard Curtain, St Carthage’s Parish, Parkville, May 2020

What makes St Joseph’s a special parish

John Davies, St Joseph’s Parish, Malvern,

May 2020

New PC Documents

Towards the Plenary Council Working Document: Some Reflections

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 senseofthefaithful@gmail.com

Lifting the clouds on the PC

Rowan Ireland, St Francis Xavier’s, SFX Montmorency, June 2020

The light from the Southern Cross

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.

1. Missionary and Evangelising?

2. Inclusive, Participatory and Synodal?

3. Prayerful and Eucharistic?

4. Humble, Healing and Merciful?

5. A Joyful, Hope-filled and Servant Community?

6. Open to Conversion, Renewal and Reform?

Forthcoming videos from the Yarra Theological Union staff members on relevant topics

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