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Plenary Assembly of the Dicastery for Inter-religious Dialogue

Background: The Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue supports Pope Francis’ ministry of dialogue with followers of other religions. It is the central office of the Church for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra aetate. It is responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between Catholics and followers of other religious traditions; encouraging the study of religions; and promoting the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.

Context: The Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, presided over by Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot M.C.C.J., President, held its Plenary Session in Rome on the theme “Interreligious dialogue and conviviality,” on 6-8 June 2022. The theme was addressed through presentations by Dicastery members from different geographical areas, including Bishop Michael McKenna, and through moments of reflection and exchange between the participants.

The following is a summary of Bishop Michael McKenna’s intervention at the Plenary Assembly of the Dicastery for Inter-religious Dialogue held in Rome from 6 to 8 June 2022

Australia is a self-consciously multi-cultural nation of immigrants, who began arriving on the continent 234 years ago. In the context of our theme of “conviviality”, these were uninvited guests, who then behaved badly. Today, we are walking with the first peoples of our land on a journey of reconciliation. Some of the insights into the possibilities and difficulties of living together, in diverse situations around the world, that we have listened to at this meeting offer us wisdom worth pondering.

The part of the world we call Oceania is already experiencing the effects of climate change in more catastrophic floods and fires and droughts. The island nations of the western Pacific are existentially threatened by rising sea levels. As we gather here to talk about living together in human fraternity, the words of Pope Francis about caring for our “common home” impel us to more fervent cooperation.

The largest and fastest growing religious group in Australia is, as we have heard to be so in other countries represented at this meeting, “no religion”. This is sometimes accompanied by an aggressively secularist push to drive religion from public discourse, or even to seek to restrict religious activities. More deeply, it is accompanied by a loss of confidence in the possibility of transcendent truth. This offers an opportunity for serious interreligious dialogue in which believers of different traditions can meet one another as fellow seekers after truth, sharing with one another the nourishment of what they have learnt along the way.

+Michael McKenna

Bishop of Bathurst

June 2022

Bishop Michael McKenna with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle attending the Plenary Assembly of the Dicastery for Inter-religious Dialogue held in Rome from 6 to 8 June 2022

Messages

2022

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message 2022

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message

2021

Bishop McKenna’s Christmas Message 2021

Good Shepherd Sunday 2021

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message

A message from Bishop McKenna on the death of Fr Tim Cahill – 8 January 2021

2020

A message from Bishop McKenna on the death of Fr Joseph Dooley P.E. – 25 December 2020

Bishop McKenna’s Christmas Message 2020

Bishop McKenna appoints Fr Reynold Jaboneta Parish Priest of Oberon

A message from Bishop McKenna on the occasion of Id al-fitr

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message 2020

A Letter to the Pastors and People of the Diocese of Bathurst “Pray and Serve”

“The Mass Continues” A Letter from Bishop McKenna 23 March 2020

All public Masses in the Diocese cancelled from 21 March 2020

A Letter from Bishop McKenna to the People of the Diocese – COVID19

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message 2020

Bishop McKenna’s Homily (edited) for the Oridnation of Fr Dong Van Nguyen and Fr Karl Sinclair

2019

Bishop McKenna’s Christmas Message

Bishop McKenna’s Pastoral Letter – Lead Kindly Light

Bishop McKenna’s Advent Message 2019

A message from Bishop McKenna on Child Protection Sunday

COMMUNION AND FORMATION ~ Bishop Michael McKenna reflects on his Ad Limina visit 2019

A statement from Bishop McKenna in relation to proposed changes to abortion laws in NSW

A message from Bishop McKenna for National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday 2019

A message from Bishop McKenna on Good Shepherd Sunday

Bishop requests the Diocese to unite in prayer for Sri Lanka

EASTER 2019 – A message from Bishop McKenna

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message

2018

Bishop McKenna’s Christmas Message

Pastoral Letter 2018

A message from Bishop McKenna in relation to the National Apology

A message from Bishop McKenna on NATSI Sunday 2018

A message from Bishop McKenna – The Fifth Australian Plenary Council

A Message from Bishop McKenna from the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference Oceania, PNG

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message 2018

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message 2018

 


2017

Bishop McKenna’s Christmas Message

Pastoral Letter 2017

Bishop McKenna’s Advent Message 2017

Let’s discover the gift of the Rosary

Christian Marriage

Child Protection Sunday 2017

Watch and Act

Fr Antony Vattakkunnel appointed as Priest in Residence, Coonamble

New Appointments to the Diocese of Bathurst

Invitation to Survivors

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message 2017

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message 2017

 


2016

Bishop McKenna’s 2016 Christmas Message 

Clergy Appointments 2016

Prayer the Chuch’s Banquet – Pastoral Letter 2016

Bishop McKenna’s Child Protection Sunday 2016 Message

Statement regarding St Joseph’s House, Perthville

Bishop McKenna visits Nagaland

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message 2016

Bishop’s Lenten Message 2016

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message 2016

 


2015

Bishop McKenna’s Christmas Message 2015

God the Father of Mercies – Pastoral Letter 2015

Bishop McKenna’s Avent Message 2015

Bishop McKenna’s Reflections on the Diocesan Pilgrimage

A Message from Bishop McKenna for Social Justice Sunday 2015

A message from Bishop McKenna on the death of Father Doug Akehurst cm

The Sacrament of Penance and Abortions

Deacons for the Diocese of Bathurst

Bishop’s pastoral message about Christian Marriage

Bishop McKenna welcomes Pope Francis’ encyclical: Care for Our Common Home

Bishop’s Easter Message for 2015

Bishop Appoints College of Consultors and Clergy Appointments Board

Bishop McKenna appoints new Vicar General

Bishop’s Lenten Message for 2015


2014

Bishop’s Homily – Requiem Mass – Mons John Frawley – 30th December 2014

A message from Bishop McKenna on the death Mons. John Frawley 

Bishop’s Christmas Message 2014

Bishop Michael McKenna advises of Clergy appointments in the Diocese

Bishop’s Message to God’s People of the Diocese of Bathurst

Prayer Request for Synod – Sunday 28th September

Homily for Father Aeneas Francis (Hugh) Delaney

Bishop’s Message for Vocations Awareness Week 2014

The Spirit Comes to help us in our weakness – Pastoral Letter – Pentecost 2014

Good Shepherd Sunday – May 2014

Josephite Fusion – May 2014 – Homily

Bishop’s Easter Message for 2014

Bishop’s Homily – Chrism Mass 2014

Bishop’s Lenten Message for 2014

Homily – Mass for 150th anniversary of Dean John Grant’s death


2013

Bishop’s Christmas Message 2013

Bishop’s Advent Message 2013

In the Beginning, the Word – Pastoral Letter to God’s People of the Diocese of Bathurst

Thank God for the Diocesan Assembly

Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message

Bishop McKenna’s Lenten Message


2012

Bishop’s Christmas Message ~ 2012

Message to the People of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst

Message for Child Protection Week

Message for National Vocations Awareness Week 2012

“Rebuild My Church” – Pastoral Letter – September 2012

Funding Cuts to Catholic Schools – September 2012

Bishop McKenna’s Message for the Year of Grace

2011

Bishop’s Christmas Message – 2011

Bishop’s Lenten Message – 2011