The celebration phase of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia ended on Saturday, July 9, as Archbishop Timothy Costelloe formally closed the Council and celebrated the closing Mass.
During the second general assembly, more than 35 motions were put to a consultative and a deliberative vote. Those motions that received a qualified majority in the deliberative vote – two-thirds of voters eligible and present – were passed by the Plenary Council. They were confirmed as the decrees of the Plenary Council.
After the November 2022 meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the decrees will be sent to the Apostolic See. In accordance with canon 446 of the Code of Canon Law, decrees are not to be promulgated until they have been reviewed by the Apostolic See. They will be promulgated in the Australasian Catholic Record and the website of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in accordance with its usual practice. The decrees will oblige six months after promulgation.
The introduction to the Motions and Amendments document also received a qualified majority in the deliberative and can be read here.
Click on the links below to open the decrees (subject to final corrections).
Click here to read the terms of reference for the implementation of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia.
Click the link below for more information on the voting that took place during the second assembly.
Relive the Second Assembly
Plenary Council Members approved a concluding statement at the end of the second assembly. Click here to read the statement.
The timeline below describes key moments in the Plenary Council journey, including the lead-up to the second assembly and beyond. We invite you to walk this journey with us.