Uniform marriage education among Bishops' decisions

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference yesterday released a statement containing a list of decisions made at its Plenary Meeting in Sydney last month, which also include support for a national gathering in Alice Springs next October to mark the 20th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II's 1986 visit.

CLICK HEREThe gathering is being organised by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Commission and will take place from 2 to 7 October.

Each day of the event will have a keynote address drawn from topics covered in Pope John Paul II's famous address to indigenous people as well as new challenges facing the Catholic indigenous communities, future ministry and Advent and Christmas through indigenous eyes.

In preparation for the event, Aboriginal message sticks are circulating through each state and territory on their way to Alice Springs, drawing together the support of many parishes and communities.

With regard to marriage education, the Bishops approved a Common Marriage Policy document which fosters a uniform approach to pre-marriage education in Australia.

It was first approved by Conference some years ago. Following a review the Committee endorsed a revised text and commended it to bishops for application within their dioceses.

Other headlines in the statement, which can be downloaded, include.

Bishops elected to World Youth Day Committee
Pastoral Document on the Church and the Media
New face for National Commission for Clergy Life and Ministry
ACBC structure under review
Guidelines for the Permanent Diaconate
Changes to Catholic Welfare Australia Constitution
Plans being considered for new evangelising body
Statements issued from Conference
Conference Appointments

Common Marriage Policy (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, News from the Bishops' November Plenary Meeting, 5/12/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Catholic Society for Mariage Education

ACBC Plenary statement calls for revision of IR bill (CathNews 28/11/05)
Bishops assert opposition to abortion pill (CathNews 28/11/05)

Pope calls marriage 'the heritage of humanity' (Catholic News Agency 5/12/05)

6 Dec 2005