The very first point, 'Focus on what was encapsulated in Vatican II' is a recipe for disaster. 'What was encapsulated in Vatican II' has led to the collapse of Mass attendance, conversions, vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life, and many other problems.
Point three, 'Reinvigoration of parish life so that the parish is an inviting place for everyone, reflecting God’s love'? I know how to do that. Introduce Tradition! The most vibrant, family centred Parishes I've ever attended have either been Latin Mass Parishes, or solidly orthodox NO Parishes.
Point ten is almost funny! 'Greater focus on youth.'? Been there, tried that, and drove the youth out of the Church. Yeah, sure! Like the 'Teen Masses' I used to attend at St Peter's Cathedral when I was in my 50s. A bunch of 'kewl' musicians in their 60s playing 'hip' songs and so few 'youth' that I was often asked to help with the collection.
The rest are a mishmash of attacks on the Priesthood, embracing the 'Watermelon' (Green on the Outside, Red on the inside) communist ideas in Francis' Laudato si, calling for more 'lay participation', including that all important 'participation by women' in the life of the Church.
However, the final point is worth re-reading,
The Plenary Council itself needs urgent consideration so that its purpose is properly articulated, its membership is understood and the role of the laity is properly explained. There is a sense in which people believe that the laity will not really be involved in meaningful decision making in the Plenary Council and will have merely a focus group role. The whole process is too long because many issues need urgent attention now. A woman should be appointed co-chair of the Plenary Council or, if this is not possible under Canon Law, a woman should be appointed deputy chair.The last time I checked a Plenary Council, also called a National Council, was a gathering of a nation's Bishops to address problems in the Church under their care. Laypeople have no role in such a Council. But, as we've seen, since their aim is to destroy the Church in Australia, they want the lay modernists, heretics, and anti-clerical left-wingers to lend a hand!
(BTW, don't bother clicking on the link to the original article. The Archdiocese deleted the page within days of posting it, because actual CATHOLICS were commenting on it. Can't have that, now, can we?)
From the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
Note: The following text is only a DRAFT. If you have any comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenary Council Draft Submission of Those Who Attended Listening and Dialogue Sessions Conducted by Central Deanery of Archdiocese in June 2018
Matters the Plenary Council Should Consider
- Focus on what was encapsulated in Vatican II, ie, the dignity, vocation, role and responsibility of laity, and work towards being a true synodal church, with unity in diversity and structures to reflect a synodal church. Forming and empowering parish and diocesan pastoral councils should be part of this. Canon 514 (which heavily emphasises the bishop’s role in diocesan pastoral councils) should be reviewed.
- Focus on developing a more inclusive church. God’s love is inclusive. The church has spent too much time excluding rather than including, eg, women, LGBT people, the divorced, people of other religions. Except in remote dioceses, the church fails to engage with indigenous people. Many people who have drifted away from the church feel intimidated to return by past traditions of the church.
- The church taking deliberate steps to be more visible in the community and the media, not afraid to be providing answers to the big questions about life and death and spreading the Christian messages of salvation, forgiveness and compassion.
- Reinvigoration of parish life so that the parish is an inviting place for everyone, reflecting God’s love: children, young families, the elderly, across ethnic, gender and economic lines. With the move to larger parishes, smaller communities within parishes need to be promoted, as in the early church, communities of faith which can reach out to the wider community. People yearn to belong to caring communities. Home masses and community prayer should be encouraged. Family groups should be reintroduced.
- Whether the top-down structure of the church is right for today and whether more authority should be delegated (principle of subsidiarity). There should be greater emphasis on the role of priest as pastor, with administration to be carried more prominently by the laity. Each diocese should be required to have a Human Relations plan, based on the sacraments and pastoral care services.
- Re-introduction of the third rite of reconciliation.
- Taking steps to change the culture of clericalism in the church. The clergy must be required to undertake ongoing training.
- Instituting greater openness in the process for appointment of bishops.
- Taking steps to ensure that women are involved in key decision making roles in the church. Women deacons and women chaplains should be considered.
- The ordination of married priests.
- Greater focus on youth. Providing regular platforms for participation of youth in the church. The liturgy, including its language and music, should be reinvigorated to make it more welcoming for youth. There should be more talking with youth, not talking at them. In giving their homilies, priests need to be able to talk with children. Mechanisms should be explored to ensure the church is accessible to youth on line, in schools, at sporting events. The church needs to make more use of digital technology, promote peer to peer youth ministry and promote youth retreats and conferences so the young can meet God in their hearts. Church groups, eg, St Vincent de Paul Society, need to be made more welcoming to youth participation.
- Supporting authentic, faith-filled teachers in schools. There needs to be greater emphasis in schools on teaching the tenets and framework of the faith.
- A more active social justice stance from the church, more dialogue from the pulpit, more promotion of involvement by the laity in social justice matters. Church leaders should embrace and promote “Laudate Si” (sic), recognising its emphasis on the need to combat climate change as a fundamental social justice issue.
- Ecumenism needs to be reinvigorated. Leaders of other Christian churches should be invited to provide advice to the Plenary Council, especially on matters of church governance. There should be an ecumenism commission in every diocese charged with responsibility for embracing dialogue with people of other faiths.
- Using the recommendations of the Royal Commission as a learning and teaching mechanism to show leadership to the world. All recommendations of the Commission relevant to the Catholic Church need to be responded to. Each parish should be asked to consider making an apology to victims of abuse and their families, with a symbol of contrition, eg, memorial plaque, planting a tree. Bishops must not delay any longer the release of the TJHC report.
- The Plenary Council itself needs urgent consideration so that its purpose is properly articulated, its membership is understood and the role of the laity is properly explained. There is a sense in which people believe that the laity will not really be involved in meaningful decision making in the Plenary Council and will have merely a focus group role. The whole process is too long because many issues need urgent attention now. A woman should be appointed co-chair of the Plenary Council or, if this is not possible under Canon Law, a woman should be appointed deputy chair.
Thank you for posting this. I'm in Australia and accidentally saw the "draft only" submission on the Archdiocese's website and was horrified. I bookmarked the link with the intention of providing my submission and was going to use the draft as a blueprint for what direction NOT to take the Church in Australia. However, they have removed the link so I searched Google and your post came up. Thank you so very much and your comments are good to read!ReplyDelete
God bless you and keep you.
Gabrielle, Melbourne, Australia.