29 November 2019 by

I started and ended the month of November in Melbourne. As a resident of Melbourne in my formative years, I love coming back for both the familiar and to see how much has changed. One landmark that is a constant is St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne. I have always
25 November 2019 by

Transparency, accountability, consultation and participation of lay people are qualities that characterise an emerging way of governance within parts of the Catholic Church in Australia.   Ministerial Public Juridic Persons (MPJP) are the vehicle for this emerging way of Church governance.   Eva Skira, Chair of the Council of the
14 November 2019 by

Award winning author, Gerald Arbuckle SM, argues in his new book, Abuse and Cover-Up: Refounding the Catholic Church in Trauma, that the Catholic Church needs Ministerial PJPs as agents of reform. He explains: PJPs are urgent for the present and future cultural reform of the Church, an issue dear to
12 November 2019 by

Published on Commonweal Magazine ( Home > Making Ministry Whole. November 7, 2019 Attendees listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks June 9 during the Catholic Health Association’s annual assembly in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) In a recent Commonweal article [1], my Dominican brother Michael Sweeney presented an excellent overview of the “paradigmatic clericalism” that
4 November 2019 by

From a weekend of rich discussions and periods of prayerful discernment came greater clarity of purpose. This was the experience of the Council of the AMPJP when it gathered with 19 representatives of its eleven member Ministerial Public Juridic Persons (MPJP) on 01-03 Nov 2019 at the Catholic Leadership Centre,
31 October 2019 by

The southern silky oak (grevillea robusta) is in bloom at the moment and it looks spectacular. I was just thinking the other day that our celebration of All Saints and All Souls Days in spring should remind us of the theology that with death, life is changed – not ended
24 October 2019 by

Catholic Healthcare was delighted to hold its Pastoral Care Conference 2019, Dignity in the Final Journey, at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney recently. Catholic Healthcare director of mission Andrew Nee, left, Dr Dan Fleming, Rev Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay, Frank Clarke and Margaret Woods from Catholic Healthcare’s Mission team (Catholic
3 October 2019 by

October 04 is the day we celebrate St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan movement and Patron Saint of Ecology. St Francis adopted a simple lifestyle and is famed for his attitude of kinship with all of creation. These attributes make him a role model of our time and
29 September 2019 by

September has had a slower pace for me as I try to use up some of the time-in-lieu I accumulated in preparing and assisting with our August AGM and AMPJP Forum. I have been working with a committee of the AMPJP Council who are planning a workshop in early November
27 September 2019 by

In 2019, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, Pope Francis announced that October will be an Extraordinary Missionary Month.  The Theme For the Extraordinary Missionary Month, the Holy Father has chosen the theme ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a
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