JAMES ALISON with Geraldine Doogue AO

What does radical inclusion really mean for a modern synodal Church?
  •  27 September 2023
     7:00PM - 9:00PM

Catalyst for Renewal, in cooperation with Catholic Religious Australia, is pleased to welcome you to a public forum

What does radical inclusion really mean for a
modern synodal Church?

presented by 


with MC Geraldine Doogue AO

and co-panelist Finn Stannard



James Alison is a Catholic priest and theologian known for promoting conversation and outreach in the Church on matters concerning LGBTQIA+ people. He shares a vision of an inclusive, psychologically healthy Christian life that is scripturally based, theologically orthodox and ecclesially grounded. Currently he works as a travelling preacher, lecturer and retreat giver, based in Madrid, Spain.


Since the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has been promoting a more pastoral approach to the position of LGBTQIA+ people in the church. At the recent World Youth Day in Portugal, he reiterated that the church is for everyone (‘Todos! Todos! Todos!’). The issue has also found its way to the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the forthcoming synod meeting in Rome.

‘Enlarge the Space of your Tent,’ the title of the document for the continental stage of the synod, set out a vision of a church ‘capable of radical inclusion, shared belonging, and deep hospitality’. ‘Instead of behaving like gatekeepers,’ the document says, ‘we need to make sure that people know that everyone can find a place and a home here.’

In inviting James to Australia, Catholic Religious Australia and Catalyst for Renewal hope to promote an open conversation on diversity and inclusion in a Church whose mission, as the Instrumentum Laboris spells out, is ‘walking with people instead of talking about them or solely at them.’


Our MC for this event will be the respected Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue AO.



Image of Finn Stannard

Following his address, James and Geraldine will be joined in conversation by Finn Stannard.  Finn is a graduate of St Ignatius College, Riverview and is currently pursuing teaching studies at university.



We warmly welcome you to this important conversation in the life of the Catholic Church in

Australia and worldwide.

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The Great Hall, enter from Kirribilli Avenue, 47 Upper Pitt Street, Kirribilli, New South Wales, 2061


St Aloysius College is located at 47 Upper Pitt Street, Kirribilli, however access for Catalyst events is best gained from the entrance at the corner of Jeffreys Street and Kirribilli Avenue.

Catalyst Forums are held in the Great Hall  (entrance via corner Jeffreys St and Kirribilli Ave).

Public Transport

St Aloysius is an easy 8 minutes walk from Milsons Point Railway Station.

Several bus routes serve Milsons Point Station and surrounding streets. Plan your route: https://transportnsw.info/trip#/trip


There is no on-site parking available. Demand for parking in surrounding streets is constant and exceeds supply. Reliance on finding street parking is not a recommended strategy.

Public car parks are available at:

– Luna Park, Paul Street, Kirribilli: https://www.lunaparksydney.com/how-to-get-here#parking-options ; expensive; 6 minutes walk to St Aloysius.

– Secure Parking, 111 Pacific Highway, North Sydney: https://www.secureparking.com.au/en-au/car-parks/australia/nsw/111-pacific-highway-north-sydney-car-park/ ; enter via Hill St, off Walker St; expensive; some distance to St Aloysius.

– Wilson Parking Greenwood Plaza, 90 Pacific Highway, North Sydney: https://www.wilsonparking.com.au/parking-locations/new-south-wales/north-sydney/greenwood-plaza-car-park/ ; enter from Pacific Highway northbound; expensive; some distance to St Aloysius.