"My hope for the Plenary Council"
In October 2021, the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the first Assembly of the Plenary Council since the second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long OFM Conv., shared his thoughts on the upcoming Plenary Council in Catholic Outlook (news from Parramatta Diocese).
“It may be a long and winding road to a vision of the poor, humble but empowering and leavening force in the world. But as Teilhard de Chardin wrote: “the only task worthy of our efforts is to construct the future.” I pray that this historic once in a generation Plenary Council may be an expression of such effort. May we have the courage, boldness and parrhesia to move from the old paradigm of triumphalism, power and splendour to the new ways of being Church that will convey the freshness of the Gospel.”