Prepared by the National Centre for Pastoral Research, the 314-page report provides insights into the 17,457 submissions received from May 2018 until March 2019.
In total, 4699 groups and 12,758 individuals – representing the voices of more than 222,000 people – were involved in making submissions nationally. There were 622 submissions (232 group, 390 individual) submissions received from the Adelaide Archdiocese.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, president of the Plenary Council, said he hoped when people read the report they “will be encouraged by the passion and commitment which the invitation to enter the journey has generated in such an extraordinary way”.
“In the first phase of our journey, this listening has produced an extraordinary treasure of ideas and proposals which represents the heartfelt response of many people,” he said.
“The great challenge ahead of us now is to ‘catch’ the voice of the Holy Spirit within the passionate, hopeful but sometimes contradictory voices of God’s people.”
A wide range of topics were covered by the submissions in the Listening and Dialogue phase which led to identifying six themes for the second phase of preparation.
Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the Listening and Discernment phase will begin in earnest in August. She said after that time of discernment, which will run for several months, the agenda for the Plenary Council would begin to emerge.
The final report of the Listening and Dialogue phase can be found at http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/resources/reports/