Theology and Philosophy

Annual Public Lecture

The Listening Church: The Sensus Fidelium and the People of God

A public lecture delivered by ACU’s Rev Associate Professor Ormond Rush on 1 June 2016.

Pope Francis delivered an address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family (October 2015), in which he appealed for a ‘listening church’ – a church which, day-to-day, is grounded in the sense of the faith of the people of God.   In this talk, Professor Rush will reflect on Pope Francis’ address, showing its roots in Vatican II, and spell out the importance of the sensus fidelium for the life of the church.


Rev Associate Professor Ormond Rush

Rev Associate Professor Ormond Rush is a priest of the Townsville diocese. He has a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Queensland. After ordination in 1975 he served in parishes in the Townsville Diocese from 1975 to 1987. He taught theology at the former Pius XII Provincial Seminary at Banyo from 1991 to 2000. From 1998 to 2001, he was Dean of the ecumenical consortium, the Brisbane College of Theology, and President of St Paul's Theological College, Banyo, from 2001 to 2006. He was President of the Forum of Australian Catholic Institutes of Theology in 2001 and 2006, and President of the Australian Catholic Theological Association from 2007-2010. He currently lectures at St Paul's Theological College, Australian Catholic University, Banyo Campus.