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PUBLIC WORKSHOP 2020 Plenary Council

L to R: Terry Fewtrell Di Van Meegan - Facilitators - John Warhurst Chair Concerned Catholics

L to R Terry Fewtrell and Di Van Meegan facilitators, John Warhurst Concerned Catholics Chair

The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
55 Blackall Street Barton ACT

Terry Fewtrell
Di Van Meegan

Concerned Catholics’ next public forum will focus solely on shaping a submission to the 2020 Plenary Council.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Catholics of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn to start to frame a submission to the Plenary Council that reflects the realities of the predicament of the Australian church in 2018 and then to discern/distil the wisdom of the People of God in this Archdiocese in responding to that situation.


These Background Papers are intended to provide context and background to inform the discussions at the workshop on the evening of Thursday 29 November.

People attending the workshop are strongly encouraged to read the papers prior to attending the workshop.

Background Paper No 1 - Demographics of the Australian Church - Andrew Phelan
Background Paper No 2 - Canon Law Issues - Andrew Phelan
Background Paper No 3 - Understanding Vatican Council II - Paul Collins
Background Paper No 4 - Recommendations from the Royal Commission - Kevin Vassarotti
Background Paper No 5 - Church Culture and Perspectives of Pope Francis - Terry Fewtrell
Background Paper No 6 - REVISED - Women, Leadership and Church - Marilyn Hatton

Contact: Mark Metherell 0417 603 697

Article - Seems Francis is with the people - Terry Fewtrell

Article - Seeking a plenary council fit for purpose - Frank Brennan

Concerned Catholics Initial Submission 2020 Plenary Council October 2017

Canberra Goulburn Archdiocesan Central Deanery Draft Submission from Listening and Dialogue Session July 2018

181210 - MEDIA RELEASE - Canberra Catholics work on blueprint for Church reform