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Plenary Council 2020 emerges as a critical event in the life of the Australian Catholic Church

Posted on 8 March 2018
Plenary Council 2020 emerges as a critical event in the life of the Australian Catholic Church

Discussion were held at the CaSPA Canberra Board Meeting with Ms Lana Turvey [above] who is the Facilitator 2020 Plenary Council. Lara outlined for the Directors how the Plenary Council will work and its place within the decision-making processes of the Catholic Church. 

It was apparent that the key priorities of the CaSPA Directors were also shared with similar stakeholders in the Australian Church ministries such as Catholic Health and Catholic Social Services.

The Board felt it was important that key issues for the communities they represent are included in the agenda for the Plenary Council:

  • An empahtetic and genuine response to the findings of the Royal Commission on Institutional Abuse
  • The role of women in the Church
  • A restructuring of representation and decision making that saw a far more significant role for lay women and men 
  • A model of governance of Catholic schools that recognises the importance for school autonomy while also working as an effective system
  • Allow more prominence for the voice of Youth in the Church

The Board will continue to engage with the Plenary Council 2020 processes to enable us to represent the views of Catholic Secondary Principals in preparation for the deliberations of the Plenary Council.

Lana also indicated that a website is about to be launched to allow broader community participationin the preparation for the Plenary Council. Below is the current proposed program for consultation leading up to the Council:

Tags: Identity Catholic Secondary Principals Australia

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