The Final Report for the Plenary Council Phase I may be downloaded from:
Below is a media article that appeared in Cath News today, outlining the release of the final report of the listening and dialogue phase of Plenary Council. I would encourage you to read it, as it provides a good description of the report and the challenges that lie ahead in the next phase of Discernment.
We have in recent weeks been working on the Diocesan process for phase 2 discernment. John Tubridy will in touch in coming days with details and dates for training in this process.
Thanks for all you have done and hopefully your willingness to be involved in this next stage of discernment.
Cath News Report 29/7/19
The National Centre for Pastoral Research has published the final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase of the Plenary Council, capturing the voices of more than 222,000 people.
The 314-page report provides insights into the 17,457 individual and group submissions received from May 2018 until March 2019. It also outlines the Listening and Dialogue process, including the questions asked, the research methodology and the preparation of the final report.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council, said he hoped when people read the report they “will be encouraged by the passion and commitment which the invitation to enter the journey has generated in such an extraordinary way”.
“In the first phase of our journey, this listening has produced an extraordinary treasure of ideas and proposals which represents the heartfelt response of many people,” he said.
“The great challenge ahead of us now is to ‘catch’ the voice of the Holy Spirit within the passionate, hopeful but sometimes contradictory voices of God’s people.”
National Centre for Pastoral Research director Trudy Dantis said the Plenary Council has already been one of the most ambitious research projects the Church has ever undertaken.
“We could not have predicted the number of voices from which we would hear, but we were able to use high-level research and analysis tools to understand the threads and topics on which people spoke,” Dr Dantis said.
“This report is faithful to the stories told, the questions asked and the opinions shared.”
Archbishop Costelloe acknowledged that the invitation to open listening and dialogue, and the honest and open reporting of what arose from that, means that people “may be challenged, and even disturbed” by some of the responses.
“The ongoing journey of the Plenary Council provides us all with an opportunity to deepen our own reflection in the light of what other members of the Church have expressed, as together we now enter into the next phase of the journey: the Listening and Discernment phase,” he said.
Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the second phase of preparation – Listening and Discernment – will begin in earnest in August. It is after that time of discernment, which will run for several months, that the agenda for the Plenary Council will begin to emerge.
The final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase can be found on the Plenary Council website https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/