Nihil sine episcopo, nihil sine consilio vestro, et sine consensu plebis (St. Cyprian of Carthage).
“Nothing [should be done in the diocese] without its bishop, without your (the priests’) counsel, or without the consent of the people.”
On 22 May 2021, Archbishop Peter Comensoli announced the Take the Way of the Gospel restructure of the 209 parishes into 50 to 60 Missions.
To assist in discerning how best to implement this plan, the Archbishop also initiated a consultation involving Archdiocesan officials and the clergy and people of the Archdiocese.
Melbourne Faithful hope to contribute to this consultation and to engage with our Archbishop to help bring a renewed missionary vigour to our Church in Melbourne. In doing so, we commit ourselves to a respectful and charitable engagement with everyone involved.
We encourage all parishioners to visit the Archdiocesan website to learn more about the Take the Way of the Gospel proposal (https://melbournecatholic.org/about/mission).
We have tried to encourage other Catholics to engage in this discernment by means of an online Petition, and we have been heartened by the wonderful response to this Petition which asked the Archbishop to pause the Take the Way of the Gospel to allow for a deeper consultation between laypersons and our Archbishop and priests. To learn more about our Petition click here.