Ahead of the Second Assembly of the Plenary Council, Australian Jesuit priest and scripture scholar Fr Brendan Byrne SJ FAHA has reflected on the topic of Reconciliation, which he described as “something that has emerged as a significant concern in the Plenary Council and the documents so far.”
Fr Brendan is featured in the latest episode of Food for the Journey, a production of the Plenary Council of Australia that provides reflections from expert advisors to the Council.
Fr Brendan speaks about the scriptural background of Reconciliation, its sacramental aspect and then its social context in particular reference to Reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations people.
“If the Council is to be an expression of the role of the Church as prophet as well as the other two members of that triad – Prophet, Priest and King – and to take a prophetic stance in regard to our nation, than it can hardly avoid a call to our nation for truth-telling in this fundamental expression of Reconciliation with our First Nations People,” he says.
Fr Brendan is Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of Divinity, Melbourne.
With thanks to the Plenary Council of Australia.