New group calls for Church reform

Kim Chen (Multicap)

A new group has been formed in Tasmania to promote reform in the Church, calling for it to become more collaborative, accountable and transparent. Source: The Advocate.

The Concerned Catholics Tasmania group will be launched in Launceston on Saturday with Francis Sullivan, the former chief of the Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, named as one of the guest speakers.

Chairman and retired Burnie lawyer Kim Chen says there is no formal means whereby lay Catholics can converse with Hobart Archbishop Julian Porteous about “their hopes, wishes and needs”.

Mr Chen said Concerned Catholics Tasmania was part of a growing national movement of Catholics who wanted to see the Church become more “collaborative, accountable and transparent”.

The group also claims women are often rejected in the Church, saying that it seems to have an “aversion” to engaging the talents of women to advance its mission.

Mr Chen said Pope Francis was a breath of fresh air for many Catholics who hoped for a renewed Church.

The Church says Tasmanian parishioners can become involved in the Plenary Council process, which is deciding the future direction of the Church.


Chair of new group Kim Chen wants the Catholic Church to become more collaborative, accountable and transparent (By Sue Bailey, The Advocate)


Tasmanian chapter of Concerned Catholics says church must change or face empty pews (ABC News)

Movement for Church renewal keeps growing (Eureka Street)

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