Statement of Conclusions: a 'politically correct' interpretation

Statement of Conclusions: a 'politically correct' interpretation

Pastor Agnosticus

It is important to remember that it is a joint statement of Australian bishops and Curial bishops.

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It is important to remember that this document has not received an ex cathedra guarantee of infallibility and therefore its suggestions must be regarded as provisional and incomplete and subject to revision consequent upon the scrutiny of the professional theological community and the lived wisdom and experience of the people of God, with the understanding that the conscience of the individual is always primary in our faith tradition.

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These documents very rightly urge that any errors be corrected.

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These reflections invite us to, in a very real sense, grow.

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The decline in regular worship by Catholics.

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The change in worship-choices and faithstyles by a younger, better educated, more open and questioning generation of women and men who, in a very real sense, are no longer satisfied with the old answers.

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A world-wide crisis of faith.

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The change in worship-choices and faithstyles by a younger, better educated, more open and questioning generation of women and men who, in a very real sense, are no longer satisfied with the old answers.

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The Australian temptation is not to crucify Christ, but to trivialise him.

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Australian Catholics, including women of colour, have made significant advances in the development and implementation of programs for the protection of our fragile environment and wider use of gender-inclusive language.

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Many [Australians] are agnostics, people who are not sure about God or who are not interested.

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We are an Easter people.

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The one true God is transcendent and personal.

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Our faith experience embraces otherness.

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His teachings have a unique authority.

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The stories he gifted us with invite us to look at ourselves and our world with new eyes.

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We cannot improve on them.

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Even today they inspire many by their beauty and insight, and, in a very real sense, continue to be part of the richness of our wisdom tradition.

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One cannot and must not eliminate the notions of Father and Son in official prayers.

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It would be rash and injudicious to eliminate the notions of Father and Son, at this point in time, without further study and dialogue.

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Home-written creeds are forbidden.

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We, as persons in full-time ministry responsible for gathering the Christian assembly for song and praise, invite all Australians, including those of non-traditional lifestyle options and women of colour as well, to reflect prayerfully on the benefits of continuing to make appropriate use of the creeds which form such a beautiful part of the tapestry of our wisdom tradition.

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A single world-wide Church, whose basic teachings were given by the Son of God.

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An international faith community whose traditions, in a very real sense, hark back to the first century of the common era and beyond.

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This deposit of faith is preserved particularly by the successors of Peter.

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In a very real sense, our experience of church finds special expression in the experience of church of the bishop who presides in Rome, a diverse and multicultural community including those of other traditions and lifestyles and women of colour as well.

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The Pope and the bishops.

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Those in full-time ministry.

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