An Australian bishop speaks about a national church ‘fraught with division’

National Catholic Reporter

May 1, 2020

By Joshua J. McElwee

Q & A with Bishop Vincent Long of the Parramatta Diocese

Like many Catholics in Australia, Bishop Vincent Long speaks about the upcoming plenary council as something of a final chance for the national church to show it has both reformed on clergy sexual abuse and can still be culturally relevant in the 21st century.

In an emailed NCR interview focused on how the quashing of Cardinal George Pell’s convictions might affect the gathering, which has been in preparation for two years, Long called the assembly “the last throw of the dice.”

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