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Pastoral plan for Archdiocese of Sydney

A gathering of priests on Thursday voted to set up the mechanisms for drawing up a Pastoral Plan in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

The News and Comments page of the Vincentian Congregation's website reports that mechanisms would include representatives of all stakeholders of the Archdiocese, including lay, religious and clergy.

It was proposed that the Pastoral Plan would be approved at a gathering of the Arcdiocese, perhaps a "Synod", within two years.

Cardinal George Pell, who was present at the meeting, was in a agreement with the drawing up of such a Pastoral Plan, but emphasised that the goals set must be achievable and realistic.

The formulation of pastoral plans has followed Synods in a number of other dioceses in recent years, including Canberra-Goulburn, Brisbane and Maitland-Newcastle.

According to last Wednesday's issue of Online Catholics, priests surveyed for the Sydney Clergy Forum last year overwhelmingly supported an unsuccessful proposal for an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (90.3%) and for an Archdiocesan Synod (87.4%).

The Catholic Weekly reported in April that Sydney clergy were moving to "devise a pastoral plan in their vision for the Archdiocese". The report was prompted by the circulation of a report from last October's Sydney Clergy Forum.

Pastoral plan for Archdiocese of Sydney (Vincentian Priests and Brothers 29/10/04)
ARC calls for more collaboration, accountability (Online Catholics 27/10/04)
Clergy chart course for archdiocese (Catholic Weeklly 25/4/04)

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32 Nov 2004