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Many Catholics have heard of Germany's errant Synodal Way, but now, an equally dubious movement is festering down under.
Church Militant's Aidan O'Connor takes a closer look at Australia's Fifth Plenary Council.
The Catholic Church in Australia is once again preparing to listen to the Holy Spirit and modernize the Church.
Australia's Fifth Plenary Council is meeting for its second and final assembly next month, headed by Perth archbishop Timothy Costello.
Abp. Timothy Costelloe, president, Fifth Plenary Council: "Before everything else, our job is to listen. We will need to listen to many different voices, for God speaks in many different ways — some of them likely to surprise us."
The Council released its Framework for Motions Wednesday, containing a list of actions regarding "healing wounds," "missionary disciples" and "integral ecology."
The document expresses profound sorrow for those "who have experienced marginalization within the Church, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, those divorced, those who identify as LGBTIQA+ and those who have suffered abuse of any form."
The plenary council began in 2020 with a nationwide listening session where anyone and everyone could express their vision for the Church. Church leaders took the colorful advice and ran with it.
Faithful Catholics are wondering whether the Australian Church is listening to the Holy Ghost or the so-called spirit of Vatican II, a woke zeitgeist.
Bearing the pontiff's synodal stamp of approval, the plenary council is primed to make dubious and binding decisions for Australian Catholics.