Local, national gatherings will shape Church’s future

Fr James McEvoy (The Southern Cross)

Adelaide Archdiocese’s diocesan assembly, together with the Plenary Council, will play a “crucial” part in shaping the future of the Church in Australia, according to theologian Fr James McEvoy. Source: The Southern Cross.

Fr McEvoy is optimistic that the Church is heading in the right direction. He believes Pope Francis and the Australian bishops are committed to listening to a community that is discerning “where God is leading us as a Church”.

“This whole movement in the Church means a great deal to me—it’s crucial for the future of our Church,” Fr McEvoy said.

“It is clearly very challenging for the large community that we are, that everyone is listening.

“COVID has made that trickier, but in the early Plenary process we had more than 220,000 replies and the six thematic discernment papers that came out of that are very good.

“We are a diverse Church and there are clearly some tensions in our community but these documents managed to find a way through those differences.”

A member of the group organising the diocesan assembly, Fr McEvoy said the gathering would integrate “what has been learned about synodal processes from the national Plenary Council experience, and what has been arrived at through the preparatory process of the Plenary”.

Further details about the Diocesan Assembly, planned for September, will be provided in coming months.


Assembly crucial in shaping future of local Church (By Lindy McNamara, The Southern Cross

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