Concerned Catholics ask where to from here?

7 April 2017

A group of concerned Catholics is holding a public meeting to explore how the Catholic laity in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese can have an effective role and voice in the administration and direction of their Church.

We invite you to join us in discussion.

7:00pm for 7:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday 27 April 2017

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACCC)
15 Blackall St, Cnr Kings Ave, BARTON ACT

Prof John Warhurst AO, Emeritus Professor Political Science ANU


  • Francis Sullivan, CEO Truth Justice and Healing Council
  • Hon Kristina Keneally, former Premier NSW, TV host Sky News, Director Gender Inclusion Macquarie Graduate School of Management
  • Marilyn Hatton, Convener Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Renewal

The Royal Commission has provided the grounds for profound system reform of the Church’s administration and of its clerical, male-dominated culture. Throughout the hearings the lack of transparency and accountability, the absence of competent lay participation, a culture of secrecy and non-disclosure was shown to be characteristic of Church administration and governance.

Moving from darkness into the light we seek initiation of significant reforms.

In a spirit of mutual responsibility for the growth of our local Catholic community in the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese we seek to explore:

  • New models for more effective lay participation
  • Effective vehicles for women's participation in key decision-making
  • Establishment of a laity-led Diocesan Pastoral Council, and
  • Agreement on a work program based on mutual partnership with the laity and our committed priests and religious to achieve a reform agenda.

The meeting is proposed as a constructive contribution in the spirit of mutual dialogue to the necessary deliberations of our Church as a consequence of the Royal Commission, to enable a future Church to be guided by the principles of inclusivity, transparency and accountability.

To sign national letter to bishops visit Catholics for Renewal: 

CONTACT: Mark Metherell, 0417 603 697