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Archbishop's post-Synod resolve to get Catholics back to Church

Brisbane's Archbishop John Bathersby will set a new evangelical direction for the Church in south-east Queensland on Sunday when he announces the outcomes of Synod 2003, which took place earlier this year.

The Catholic Leader, which publishes an exclusive interview with Bathersby on Sunday, reports that the "new direction" is based on the "three vital dimensions of faith - Jesus, Communion and Mission".

The Archbishop told that paper that the three theological concepts would underline all the strategies he would announce to cap off the three year-long archdiocesan synod process.

He said while the process had a slow start, the synod ended up being successful "beyond [his] wildest dreams".

He specified his major concern, that only about 13% of the 600,000 people in south-east Queensland who identify themselves as Catholics regularly worship God.

"Australia is a very secular society where the majority believe in God but, more or less, do nothing more than that," he said. "You can't say you believe in God if worship and prayer is not there."

"It's so troubling that many people don't see the Church as relevant to life," he continued. "In some way we have to find the ways and means to welcome back to the Church these people, and get across the Good News of Christ to other people who live without Christ."

Archbishop Bathersby, who is recovering well from a recent milk stroke, will promulgate the synod outcomes to an invited audience at St Stephen's Cathedral on Sunday afternoon.

Catholic Leader

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25 Jul 2003