Plenary Matters will follow an important gathering of the Catholic Church in Australia which will influence the future of the institution. The Plenary Council will be held in October 2021, 84 years after the last event. In that (long) break, the Church has been swamped by crises. Most Catholics have given up on regular mass. One of those who has held on is prominent Australian broadcaster Geraldine Doogue. Join Geraldine in this daily podcast as she talks to other Catholics who hope - as she does so fervently - that the Church will 'resurrect' itself.
Plenary Matters Ep 10: Archbishop Mark Coleridge
Geraldine wraps up the week's deliberations by hearing from the man sitting at the official episcopal helm, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Council.
He initiated the whole process, celebrated the final Solemn Mass today and reflects on a remarkable week.
Crossing to Rome, she also connected with a prominent Melbourne woman Susan Pascoe, AM. Susan is a teacher by training with wide experience governing Church and government agencies, who is the Australian invitee to the Pope's Synod. She chairs the Australian Council for International Development and sits on the board of Mercy Health, is a Trustee of St John of God Health Care and sits on various Church governance entities.
Thanks very much for your company!
Plenary Matters Ep 9: Greg Craven
Geraldine talks to prominent Catholic layman, constitutional law specialist and former Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, Greg Craven.
Prepare for a feisty chat!
There are groups who believe they'd be better at running the Church instead of the bishops, but Craven begs to differ.
Plenary Matters Ep 8: Looking To The Future
Geraldine speaks to two people with particular experience to share.
Sr Clare Condon is a former leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, who advised the bishops on setting up professional standards within the Church in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse. Also, on better pastoral approaches to people who had been so hurt.
Geraldine also speaks to Professor Francis Campbell, now Vice-Chancellor of Notre Dame University headquartered in Perth, who was the UK's Ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican and formerly advisor to PM Tony Blair.
Both, in their different ways, are firmly looking to the future of the Church and see real opportunities presented by the Plenary Council.
Plenary Council Ep 7: John Warhurst
In this episode, Geraldine interviews John Warhurst, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University.
He is chair of Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn and a member of the Plenary Council, and a regular columnist with the Canberra Times and Eureka Street
Plenary Matters Ep 6: Diagnosis & Change
Today, Geraldine follows the increased debate at the Plenary Council about the challenge of naming the issues at stake versus instituting some change for the better?
Hear surprising realism from Fr Gerry Gleeson, Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Sydney, and also parish priest of Our Lady Star Of The Sea at Watson’s Bay; and Raj Rajasingam, from the Diocese of Broken Bay, who is a financial advisor and planner and also National Mission Director of the Couples For Christ movement, a covenant community.
Plenary Matters Ep 5: The Council in Session
Geraldine talks to three members for their impressions of the conversations thus far: to Virginia Bourke, the chair of Mercy Health in Victoria and St John Ambulance Victoria, who's a lawyer with considerable experience in corporate governance as well as charity work.
Fr Peter Williams, the Vicar-General of the Parramatta Diocese in NSW, ordained as a Catholic priest in 1992 having moved from an Anglican background, director of Liturgy for World Youth Day in 2008.
And to Francine Pirola, who runs Catholic family groups and the Marriage Resource Centre in Sydney.
All enthusiastic about the process, they each offer different perspectives on how members are offering perspectives on the future shape of the Church.
Great contribution from Archbishop Mark Coleridge. The Cafe project was terrific in Melbourne years ago.
A lifeline for my faith journey
Thank you Geraldine for your decades of faithful service to your audiences across many media. I have appreciated your leadership in helping me strengthen my own faith. Congratulations on providing a most valuable lifeline for me to sustain my hope in the Plenary Council experience. Despite Covid you have again connected and informed people with this excellent series of insights into the Plenary Council. Chris E
Greg Craven interview
Wow! That interview was breathtaking!!!!! Congratulations Geraldine in handling the forceful , arrogant sweeping statements made by Greg Craven .
Talk about agendas…. Mmmm .
Sadly, after a week of feeling hopeful that change might be commencing & that the Catholic Church might have a chance of positive reformation with people like Greg Craven involved that’s been shattered .
God help us all. 😩😢