This article was written by Kerry MacFarlane and Scilla Stack

Catholic Women Speak proved a popular social event in the Archdiocese of Perth on Thursday evening. Members of the national advisory body, Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW), welcomed the opportunity to meet Perth Catholic women prior to a National Council meeting on Friday 19 October 2018. Over 80 women and a lone Bishop gathered for much lively discussion at James Nestor Hall Leederville. Bishop Michael Morrissey of Geraldton, acting as Bishop Delegate, was warmly welcomed by the facilitator of the evening Ms Andrea Dean. Andrea is Secretary of the Council and the Director for the Office for the Participation of Women (OPW) based in Canberra. Local Perth CACW Council member, Ms Victoria Burrows and Dr Gemma Cruz of Melbourne, Council member and a member of the Plenary Council Executive Committee were among the participants.


This article was written by Toby Ward and first appeared in Melbourne Catholic on 19 October 2018

The Men’s Project, an initiative of Jesuit Social Services (JSS), has released its ground-breaking research, The Man Box. The study is the first comprehensive look at the behaviours and attitudes linked to young Australian men aged 18 to 30.

The launch of the JSS study was held Wednesday 17 October at Victoria’s State Library and The Men’s Project invited a diverse panel to discuss the social pressures that young Australian men experience and the subsequent impact the pressures of being a ‘real man’ can have on the wellbeing of themselves and others.

The article was written by Cindy Wooden and first appeared in the Catholic News Service on 16 October, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although bishops should make up the majority of voting members at a Synod of Bishops, the fact that the body is only consultative means women should be included as full members just as priests and religious brothers are, said three priests who are voting members.

The superiors general of the Dominicans, the Jesuits and the Conventual Franciscans -- all priests who are voting members of the synod -- spoke to reporters at a Vatican briefing Oct. 15.

This article was written by Pope Francis and was first published in The Vatican website.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.

Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike.

This article was written by Emilie Ng and originally appeared in The Catholic Leader on August 23, 2018

THE former congregational leader for Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor possibly “nudged” the Holy See to consider her foundress, Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor, as Australia’s next saint.

Miss O’Connor, who founded Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, or the Brown Nurses, in 1913, was given formal recognition as a candidate for sainthood after receiving the title of Servant of God last week.

At the Gregorian University, where I taught theology between 1973 and 2006, I valued Luis Ladaria as a teacher, writer, colleague, and vice-rector. He stood tall as acting dean of theology when the incumbent died suddenly. But, with all respect to his person, record, and his present office, I want to raise some questions about his article in L’Osservatore Romano on 30 May.

Cardinal-designate Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recalls that when Pope St John Paul II taught in his apostolic letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis of 22 May 1994, that priestly ordination is limited to male Christians, he did not teach ex cathedra. John Paul II was not solemnly defining a revealed doctrine on his own authority as infallible. Instead, the Pope appealed to the constant and unanimous teaching of Catholic bishops around the world.

I wonder if, like me, you were curious and hopeful when you heard the news that Pope Francis ‒ responding to a question posed by members of the International Union of Superiors General (IUSG) in May 2016 – had established a commission to study the question of ordaining women deacons in the Roman Catholic Church.

Of course, not everyone is in favour of the concept or clear about what the ramifications or possibilities of ordaining women deacons in the Roman Catholic Church would be. And no change will happen overnight. Why not use this time for education, conversation and discernment about the topic?

Sixty women and men from Parramatta Diocese and beyond gathered to discuss the critical place of women in the life of the Catholic Church and the need for the female voice in leadership.

Our Lady of Mercy College, a school deeply committed to women’s participation in Church and society, was a fitting venue for the evening of formation and consultation with the Council for Australian Catholic Women.

This article was written by James Martin, S.J. and first appeared in America Magazine on April 09, 2018

“Rejoice and be glad!” is what Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount. It’s also the title of Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation on holiness in everyday life. Why should we “rejoice and be glad”? Because God, as Francis reminds us, calls us all to be saints. But how can we respond to that call?

Well, here are five takeaways from Francis’ new and very practical exhortation.

This article was written by Debra Vermeer and first appeared on the ACBC Media Blog, April 9, 2018

Thirteen young women from across Australia gathered in Sydney recently as part of the inaugural intake for an inspiring new education and formation program called Leadership for Mission.

Leadership for Mission, which was launched at a special event at Mount St Benedict, Pennant Hills on April 5, is an initiative of the Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) with the support of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), Catholic Mission, Australian Catholic University (ACU), and Catholic Church Insurance.