We are in a living system which is changing every day
At the National Pastoral Conference in September, we presented an account of the group reflections which we hosted at the International Eucharistic Congress (See Intercom September 2012). We reiterated our finding that, in relation to the challenges of ‘Communion and Co-responsibility coming to life in pratice’, similar dilemmas were indentified by participants from four continents. We suggested that this means, in each case, shortcomings in collaboration is ‘more than somebody’s fault’ – that rather than looking for individuals to blame, we need to interrogate the prevailing models, structures and culture of the Church. This conference was designed with the stated purpose of supporting the work of renewal and reform. A key component of this was the afternoon devoted to a structured dialogue between bishops, priests, religious and lay people.