When first asked about the calls for a Royal Commission into the history of Child Sexual Abuse in this diocese, I said that I would welcome a public inquiry.
The Diocese are seeking Animators to assist the diocesan community in the second stage of preparing for the Plenary Council, through Listening and Discernment.
In December 2018 Cardinal George Pell was convicted for the sexual abuse of two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997. It was the second trial, after the first trial’s jury failed to reach a verdict.
There is a certain comfort in the familiarity of the structure of our Mass. It is pretty much the same regardless of where Mass is celebrated. We are one holy, catholic and apostolic church and our Missal embodies this unity.
Having consulted with the Presbyteral Council (CIC c. 461 § 1), and consulted the Diocesan Council for Mission (CIC c. 511), and in anticipation of the Plenary Council of Australia 2020, and in responding to the question of the plenary council - listen to what the spirit is saying, and the need to renew the Diocesan Synod of 1992-1993, I hereby convoke the Synod of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (CIC cc. 460ff). The Diocesan Synod will be conducted according to the diocesan synodal directory.
Emigrants from a potato famine-ravaged land of Ireland where the Catholic faith was tolerated but oppressed in practice; those who escaped political and religious turmoil in Europe; the offspring of Catholic convicts who were transported in the first couple of decades of the 19th century — these diverse peoples were the Catholic pioneers of Singleton from the mid-1830s.