“An Australian Catholic archdiocese has produced a working document about the ‘future of the Catholic Church in Australia’ which calls for ‘women deacons and women chaplains,’ ‘married priests,’ and a ‘more inclusive church’ that includes ‘LGBT people.’
The document was put out by the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, led by Archbishop Christopher Prowse. It is part of the preparation for a countrywide Plenary Council to be held in 2020. The last such council was held 81 years ago.
The Plenary Council, what the bishops are calling the ‘highest form of gathering of local church and has legislative and governance authority,’ is being held ‘so that we can dialogue about the future of the Catholic Church in Australia,’ states the website about the event. The event is being promoted in the name of becoming a ‘synodal Church’ called for by Pope Francis.”