Encouraging lay people to have more say in the reform of the Catholic church will be a theme of an Albury public meeting next week.
Organised by Concerned Catholics Wagga Wagga Diocese, the event follows the group's inaugural meeting in Wagga last October, attended by about 180 people.
The committee seeks an Australian church that is gospel-centred, accountable, inclusive and transparent, with members John Goonan and Denis Nickle, of Wagga, to speak at the Albury function.
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CCWWD chairman Kerry Carmichael said the Catholic Church in Australia was at a critical point in time where "business as usual will no longer do".
"We believe the Catholic Church is in crisis in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and related developments," he said.
"The 2020 Plenary Council presents a watershed opportunity for us, the laity and clergy, to bring invigorating reforms the church so sorely needs to reflect more effectively the teachings of Christ in the modern day.
"It's time for lay Catholics throughout Australia, including the Wagga Diocese, to discuss and raise their views at local parish and diocesan level without waiting for the Plenary Council sessions."
The free public meeting will be held at Commercial Club Albury on Thursday, February 20, at 7.30pm.