Stirring the waters was the theme for the recent successful Colloquium. As I reflect on the current situation of our Church, both locally and internationally, there seems to be an enormous ‘stirring of the waters’ taking place. This is unsettling and even distressing. As we endure these challenges and support others who are troubled let us hold onto the Gospel hope that God will once again bring life out of unpromising situations.

In this issue, you will find further comment on the Colloquium, the news about Cardinal Pell and the Vatican summit on sexual abuse. Note that by mid-year we plan to publish a series of essays to mark the 20th Anniversary of the publication of the research Woman and Man. All the keynote talks and workshop presentations from the Colloquium will be included in the publication.

More than one hundred and sixty women and men attend the Colloquium in Adelaide over the weekend. You can read more about this in the article by Debbie Everett.

This week we heard the news that Cardinal Pell has been convicted on charges of sexual abuse. You can read Fr Frank Brennan’s balanced comments on the situation in the News and Views section.

Internationally, there has been a summit at the Vatican on sexual abuse and an article in News and Views highlights the role of women at this gathering.

And yes, we have a new website and logo for the Council for Australian Catholic Women. Please let me know your reactions. www.opw.catholic.org.au