Bishops respond to governance review report


A review of governance will help shape the way the Church in Australia understands co-responsibility in its life and mission and puts it into practice, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has said. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

The Australia bishops reviewed and discussed the final version of the governance review report The Light from the Southern Cross: Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia during their recent plenary meeting.

The bishops finalised their initial response to the report, which they have published today.

“A report that contains dozens of recommendations and was prepared over more than a year takes time to consider and absorb,” Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said.

“So the bishops gave substantial time to the report during the meeting and in the preceding weeks and months. As the report’s authors said, it isn’t the last word on governance. Nor is the bishops’ response to the report.”

In their response, the bishops group topics and recommendations under six headings:

  • the nature of the Church;
  • the mission of the Church;
  • co-responsibility;
  • consultation, advice, decision;
  • relationships between entities;
  • evolution in Church governance.

“These are important and complex themes, on which much has already been written. But the report has the advantage of being fresh and locally produced. It speaks to the Australian situation but has implications for the Church beyond these shores,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

“It’s not for the bishops alone to discern the way forward for the Church at this time, and this report draws together other voices which the bishops welcome.”


Bishops publish response to Church governance review report (ACBC Media Blog

Download the bishops' response (ACBC)

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