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Fratelli Tutti – A Reflection

Much has been written of the opening words of Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, Fratelli tutti, expressing disappointment in this address to “brothers all” rather than using a less gendered term.  Never mind that “fratelli” in Italian can include women or that the word is consistently translated into English as “brothers and sisters,” the suspicion that…
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A Personal View of Six Discernment Papers for the Plenary Council

We are all familiar with Karl Rahner’s statement,  “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.”  The more I advance on the Plenary Council journey, the more it seems to me that the Church of the future will be synodal or will not exist at all.  This makes…
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New momentum for the Plenary Council?

Just as momentum was ramping up for the Plenary Council 2020, Covid-19 hit, Australia went into lockdown and suddenly life as we knew it stopped.  The Plenary was postponed for a whole year, giving those of us who care a blessed extra year to read, reflect, dialogue about and discern the future of the Catholic Church…
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