As Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB opened the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia, he said Catholics “must become, even more than we are already, a community of true disciples”. Source: ACBC.
The Plenary Council is being celebrated across nine months, bookended by assemblies from October 3-10 and July 4-9, 2022.
Archbishop Costelloe, the president of the Plenary Council, celebrated the opening Mass at Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral yesterday. It comes after three-and-a-half years of preparation, including a significant period of national consultation.
That consultation focused on the question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” That question was one that Archbishop Costelloe explored in his homily, before offering a possible answer.
“Perhaps the most important thing God is asking of us at this time is to return the Church to Christ and return Christ to the Church,” he said.
“What has always been true in theory and in principle urgently needs to become true in the day-to-day experience of everyone who encounters us. We must become, even more than we are already, a community of true disciples.
“We must become a living icon of Christ who humbled himself, taking the form of a servant. We must learn from the One who is meek and humble of heart. We are being sent by Him as He was sent by his Father.
“If we remain in Him, as branches remain part of the vine, we will bear much fruit.”
The 278 members of the Plenary Council, made up of bishops, priests, members of religious orders and lay people, will meet online over six days, starting tomorrow.
They are called to “develop concrete proposals to create a more missionary, Christ-centred Church in Australia”.
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