Over the past months, letters and articles written to AD2000 have indicated a habit of dissent from and disregard for recent Vatican documents and directives in several Australian dioceses. The evidence gathered suggests that a serious problem exists in parts of the Australian Church.
The Diocese of Toowoomba's recent diocesan assembly (10-11 June), revealed plans to reform liturgical practices across the diocese that will help to keep us "in touch with the signs of the times." I fear that these envisaged changes will not take the form of a speedy and diligent implementation of the Statement of Conclusions, the Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests, Liturgiam Authenticam or the soon to be released Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal.
Catholics who welcomed the Statement of Conclusions have found that some of our bishops have largely ignored the document as they ignored so many other documents before it. We look for leadership yet are often left feeling abandoned by Rome.
When will Rome act?