CONTINUING THE JOURNEY - Instrumentum Laboris - Plenary Council
27 Feb 2021
COINTINUING THE JOURNEY - Instrumentum Laboris - Plenary Council
Through the work of the Plenary Council we, the Catholic community in Australia, undertake this challenging task of discernment together. We do so with confidence. Our Catholic tradition is rich in its understanding and experience of discernment. We know that God speaks to us in a variety of ways. St Paul reminds us that we can know about God from the things which God has made (Rom 1:19-20) and the Letter to the Hebrews that “in many and varied ways God spoke of old to our ancestors by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son ...” (1:1-2). We know that Christ is the fullness of God’s self-revelation and that this revelation is found in written form in the Scriptures and pre-eminently in the Gospels.7 We know that the Church was founded by Christ and that our vocation is to be the sacrament of communion with God and of unity among all people.8 We know that Christ promised to give the gift of the Holy Spirit to his Church and that the Spirit would lead the Church into the fullness of the truth (John 16:13). We know that God’s Spirit is given to the whole Church, and that the People of God, together, have a deep instinct for the truth (the sensus fidei) which protects us, as a community of faith, from falling into fundamental error in matters of belief.9 We know that the bishops of the Church, in communion with the Bishop of Rome, have been given a particular responsibility for ensuring that the Church remains faithful to the truth of the Gospel, as this has been progressively understood and formally taught across the centuries.10 Above all, we know that Christ is our Way, our Truth and our Life (John 14:6). We are seeking to follow his way, commit to and live by his truth, and to allow the Spirit to work within us so that, with St Paul we can say: “I no longer live, for it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).