Plenary Matters




Plenary Matters will follow an important gathering of the Catholic Church in Australia which will influence the future of the institution. The Plenary Council will be held in October 2021, 84 years after the last event. In that (long) break, the Church has been swamped by crises. Most Catholics have given up on regular mass. One of those who has held on is prominent Australian broadcaster Geraldine Doogue. Join Geraldine in this daily podcast as she talks to other Catholics who hope - as she does so fervently - that the Church will 'resurrect' itself.





00:00:00 2021-10-10
Geraldine wraps up the week's deliberations by hearing from the man sitting at the official episcopal helm, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Council. He initiated the whole process, celebrated the final Solemn Mass t...
00:00:00 2021-10-09
Geraldine talks to prominent Catholic layman, constitutional law specialist and former Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, Greg Craven. Prepare for a feisty chat! There are groups who believe they'd be better at running the Church inste...
00:00:00 2021-10-08
Geraldine speaks to two people with particular experience to share. Sr Clare Condon is a former leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, who advised the bishops on setting up professional standards within the Church in the wake of the Royal Commission...
00:00:00 2021-10-07
In this episode, Geraldine interviews John Warhurst, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He is chair of Concerned Catholics Canberra Goulburn and a member of the Plenary Council, and a regular columnist with the ...
00:00:00 2021-10-06
Today, Geraldine follows the increased debate at the Plenary Council about the challenge of naming the issues at stake versus instituting some change for the better? Hear surprising realism from Fr Gerry Gleeson, Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Sydne...
00:00:00 2021-10-05
Geraldine talks to three members for their impressions of the conversations thus far: to Virginia Bourke, the chair of Mercy Health in Victoria and St John Ambulance Victoria, who's a lawyer with considerable experience in corporate governance as well as ...
00:00:00 2021-10-04
Formal proceedings got underway today at the Plenary Council offering a taste of things to come. Geraldine talks to two of the 58 women involved, both lay and religious. Her two guests are Angela McCarthy, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Theology at Notre Da...
00:00:00 2021-10-03
The Plenary Council is formally underway with the celebration of Mass in Perth. Geraldine caught up with Fr Frank Brennan, the prominent Jesuit priest and public commentator. What does he sense can be expected from this coming week of major talks? His d...
00:00:00 2021-10-02
Geraldine readies herself for a week of talking and listening and the Catholic Church's Plenary Council which begins on Sunday 3rd October. It's the first event held in Australia since 1937 and the first where lay-people can attend. All 300 or so partici...
00:00:00 2021-09-25
Join prominent Australian broadcaster and Catholic Geraldine Doogue for her new podcast, Plenary Matters. She'll follow a big, important gathering of the Catholic Church in Australia called the Plenary Council. The last one was in 1937…yes, it’s been...