The four-year journey of the Plenary Council led to important decisions in eight critical areas for the Catholic Church in Australia. It also provided an invaluable immersion in synodality, with an unprecedented experience of broad consultation, honest and respectful dialogue, extended discernment and co-responsible decision-making.
Catalyst for Renewal, whose mission is to seek truth and renewal through conversation, will be hosting a question and answer conversation on “Looking forwards in the Australian Church after the Plenary Council” with Plenary Council Vice President and Bishop of Sandhurst, Victoria, Bishop Shane Mackinlay on Sunday 13 November at the Crypt of St Patrick’s Church, Grosvenor Street, The Rocks, from 1.30pm to 3pm.
This talk will review some of the main decisions made by the Plenary Council, as well as reflecting on its significance for strengthening synodal processes in the Church.
Bishop Shane Mackinlay is the Bishop of Sandhurst and was the Vice-President of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. He is also one of the Australian delegates to the Synod on Synodality in 2023. He completed a doctorate in philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and was serving as Master of Catholic Theological College in Melbourne when Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Sandhurst in 2019.
There is no need to book for this event, but a suggested donation to attend is $10.