For Catholics of the "old school",plenary is one of those get out of jail words that conjures up liberation, release, and a short cut to eternal happiness. This Plenary Council however has a slightly more modest agenda:
‘‘This is no time for the Church to be putting up signs that say “business as usual”. If we needed any proof, then the Royal Commission has shown that. We need to face the facts, and in the light of the facts, which aren’t always friendly, we have to make big decisions about the future. The Plenary Council will place the Church on a sound footing to respond to what is not merely an era of change but a change of era.’
So, these lucky people are the super heroes that will unleash a new era for Australian Catholicism which will be launched in 2020!! Nor sure if that includes adding to the census tally So, let's meet the crew and see how they line up in communication with the rest of us in various pews. The link on the name will show a piccie and a bit of a bio or where available a video clip.
Oh dear, poor old Ian gets a serve as lacking a bit of pastoral sensitivity in this extract from "Hell on the Way to Heaven "by Chrissie Foster. Hope his skills have improved a bit lately for this new role.
Initially and on an ad interim basis the Committee will be chaired by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Chair of the Bishops Commission.
Interesting to note that as of publication those of the membership using social media have not yet shared the news of this significant appointment to their readers and followers. Gender balance is even and lay representation exceeds clerics and religious. The age range appears good with a deliberate lean to younger voices. The presence of an Eastern Rite Church is welcome and it is worth acknowledging John Lochowiak, a member of the First Nations Peoples.
So, there they are, our new look Plenary Council Executive members ready to take us into that bold future.