Lay community key to reforming Catholicism
Church conflict has become corrosive and toxic
Despite their steadfast support for the emphases of that Council, these lay Catholics, supported by many priests, are often seen as a 'nuisance' by senior church leaders whose real focus has been protecting their own positions and clericalist ideology.
Their commitment has been further tested by the sexual abuse scandals and the abject failure of many bishops in dealing with them.
The forthcoming Plenary Council (PC) of 2020/2021 will be a further test of the loyalty of these Catholics.
How serious are the bishops when they call on Catholics to 'engage in an open and inclusive experience of listening, dialogue and discernment about the future' of Australian Catholicism? Will they really listen to those who have remained loyal to the teachings of Vatican II?
Catholics for Renewal is one of several groups of Vatican II Catholics. It prepared a detailed submission for the PC and has now published that submission as a book, Getting Back on Mission: Reforming Our Church Together (Garratt Publishing, 2019).