Plenary Council 2020

A plenary council in the Catholic Church is at the pinnacle of the Church’s assemblies. Australia held its last plenary council in 1937. The Catholic Church in Australia, presumably via the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC), has announced a plenary council to take place with assemblies in 2021 and 2022. This is a major happening in Australia.

I predict the Plenary Council 2020 will be an all-out assault by the Catholic left to gain absolute control of the Church. As with Vatican II and the recent synods on the family and the Amazon, the council will be a political contest with traditionalists defending the Church of the centuries against the misrepresentations, manoeuvrings, manipulations, and name-calling of the left.

This page will provide links to commentaries and news about the council. I have marked comments and articles I find important or indicative of my view thus: ***

The slogan for the council is ‘Listening to what the Spirit is saying…’ The spirit in this case is the spirit of the minds of the Catholic left who aim to merge state and church according to a feminist/Marxist model. Of course, the aim is cloaked in a great deal of rhetorical waffle that sounds Catholic.

Plenary Council 2020 – Official website

What is a plenary council?


Diocesan Synod to draw on National Governance Report

Catholic leaders shine light on Church governance

Women call for more leadership roles***

Working document next step on Plenary Council journey

Plenary Council 2020 – Is it Really Going to Make a Difference?

Frequently asked questions

Church in Australia ‘must be shaped’ by Indigenous spirituality***

Cardinal Pell’s release stokes concerns about Australia’s plenary council ***


Australia’s senior cleric says report calling for Church governance by lay women will be amended ***

Church in Australia heading south

Jesuit college boots Catholic student for defending Catholic teaching on homosexuality

Queensland theologian looks to plenary council with hope for renewed spirit of Second Vatican Council ***

New archbishop to hit the ground listening

Discernment ‘is not comfortable’

Plenary 2020 to shape the future of the Catholic Church in Australia

Plenary 2020 (Listening & Discernment)

Married priests push hits potential pause button despite Australian Catholic Church shortfall

Querida Amazonia offers guidance and challenge for Australia

The coming Plenary Council: the vision still has time

Aussie bishops can’t shy from celibacy questions

Australian Catholic Youth Festival pilgrims told: ‘Rebuild my Church’

Women Still Listening to the Spirit, 20 years later

Aboriginal Catholic educators uphold Plenary Council theme at conference

Brisbane students tell Plenary Council planners what they want for the Church

Synod question makes strong statement

Dioceses join in the Plenary Council spirit

What now for Catholics – Geraldine Doogue interview Archbishop Coleridge, COMPASS***

A help to the world: the 1937 Plenary Council

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