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Women's Commission monitors church organisations

The Bishops' Commission for Australian Catholic Women is working out a strategy to monitor the composition of national bodies and agencies of the Church in Australia to help promote a better balance of men, women, clergy religious and laity in decision-making positions.

The initiative was discussed at a recent Commission meeting in Adelaide. It stems fom its brief to act on recommendations in the Bishops' 2000 Social Justice Statement.

The meeting was held at St Paul's Retreat Centre, Glen Osmond, as part of the Commission's tour of the country in order to meet with the local Church and "hear the good news stories occurring there". It included members of the Commission, together with diocesan representatives from WA, Tasmania, NT and SA.

Archbishop Philip Wilson hosted a reception for 120 people in the Cathedral Hall to provide an opportunity for the communities of the Archdiocese of Adelaide and the Diocese of Port Pirie to converse with members of the Commission.

"Adelaide is my home town," said Geraldine Hawkes, Chair of the Commission, "and as a member of the local Church I welcome the opportunity for the Commission to make contact with the Church in South Australia. The more people we begin a conversation with at the local level the more opportunity there is to decentralise the work of the Commission and honour the grass roots level of church around Australia."


Commission for Australian Catholic Women



8 Mar 2002