Australia’s bishops, religious consider proposals for change in governance

Bishops Church Governance Australia

Title: Australia’s bishops, religious consider proposals for change in governance

Author: Michael Sainsbury – CNS

Publisher: Crux

Date: 05JUN2020

MUDGEE, Australia — Australia’s bishops and religious are considering the recommendations for change in a 208-page review into the governance of the church.

If implemented, they would see administrative and financial control of dioceses and parishes radically reshaped and shared between the clergy and laypeople and an increased role for women.

In mid-May, the bishops considered the report, “The Light from the Southern Cross: Promoting Co-Responsible Governance in the Catholic Church in Australia,” submitted by the Implementation Advisory Group’s Governance Review Project Team. They are continuing to mull a response to 86 recommendations.

The report was initiated by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference in May 2019 in response to a key recommendation of Australia’s landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The governance report was written by 14 people, handpicked lay and clergy — men and women — from Australia as well as international experts. People familiar with the process who declined to be identified said the report was to have been kept secret until about November, but it was leaked to the internet June 1.

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