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A Church for All: A Guide to the Australian Plenary Council...and Beyond

A Church for All: A Guide to the Australian Plenary Council...and Beyond

Sr Joan Chittister & ACCCR
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A Church for All was launched  by Claire Victory, Francis Sullivan and John Warhurst on 9 September 2021. the video of this event can be viewed below.

The Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (ACCCR) is a voice for lay Catholics and comprises a network of 19 member organisations across Australia and New Zealand. Member groups of ACCCR are committed to the Catholic faith and foster collaboration and support in seeking renewal of the Catholic Church. In response to the Assembly of the Australian Plenary Council 2020–2022, the ACCCR convened a series of convocations to promote the Plenary and support its task of renewing the Church in Australia. The online convocations featured keynote speakers who offered a path toward a vibrant synodal Church that speaks to – and meets the needs of – Catholics in this millennium. These convocations, in turn, sparked the genesis for this reading guide – A Church for All.

A Church for All presents transcripts from convocation speakers – such as Joan Chittister, Robert Fitzgerald, Debra Zanella, and John Warhurst – along with a response to the Plenary agenda and concrete proposals for the Plenary Council by the ACCCR. The guide also features discussion questions that will provoke further reflection and is designed to be used either alone or with others.

A Church for All features some of the most respected voices in the Australian Catholic world and is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of the Catholic Church.

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The Presenters:

Download Claire Victory's Speech here
Download Francis Sullivan's Speech here
Download John Warhurst's Speech here


Reader reviews
  • How might we fix the Church?

    Posted by Martin Nicol on 09/27/2021


    If you are an Australian Catholic and wondering what's happened since the Royal Commission into Child Sexual abuse, this is a great insight. A lot has been done on safeguarding children and compensation, as it should but the problems for Catholics are much more diverse and if our voices are not heard, the Church's future is bleak. There are many reform groups in the Church. This booklet, just 45 pages, presents the aspirations of many lay Catholics hoping for great things to come out of the Plenary Council beginning in Adelaide next month, October 2021.
    The Bishops have asked us to speak up and these reformers are answering that call. Clearly they are invested in a vibrant Church future.
    I found it inspirational as well as confronting. Perhaps it is asking for too much but it is grounded very firmly in the reality of Catholic life as I have experienced it over 60 years. I hope for dialogue, the Pope calls it synodality, so this publication is right on the button for me. The Church is very diverse, reading this will ground you in what reformers are asking and it encourages further discussion with suggested questions if you want to run a small group discussion... of course in a Covid safe way.


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