The four-year journey of discernment for the Fifth Plenary Council took a step forward this week, with Council Members invited to reflect on proposals emerging from the Council’s first assembly, held in October. Source: ACBC Media Blog.
Towards the Second Assembly: A Working Document for Members offers a focus for Members’ continuing prayer and reflection, especially during the coming month. It includes proposals drafted as part of the process of preparing resolutions for the Council’s second assembly in July.
Members will spend the month of March in personal and shared reflection on the document, prepared in four sections by expert writing groups.
Members will then provide their reflections to the Council’s drafting committee, which will work with other Council committees and advisors to revise, refine and consolidate the proposals, in anticipation of their publication several weeks before the second assembly.
Plenary Council vice president Bishop Shane Mackinlay, addressing Members last night, said the document “is something which is a work in progress for Members”.
“It's not just the work of committees or experts or writing groups,” he said.
“It is the next step in the process we are undertaking together of preparing resolutions for the second assembly of the Plenary Council.
“The contribution of Members over the coming month is critical to this,” Bishop Mackinlay said.
Towards the Second Assembly draws primarily on the “fruits” of the first assembly’s discernment, discussion and contributions, published in December 2021.
Bishop Mackinlay asked the Catholic community to continue to lift up the Plenary Council and its Members in prayer, “which has been a driving force behind our four-year journey”.
Find out more about the Plenary Council at www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au
Plenary Council takes next step in discernment journey (ACBC Media Blog)