LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM

A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

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POPE EXPLAINS AIM OF SYNOD, WARNS AGAINST NATIONALISM
The upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon is an "urgent" gathering, not of scientists and politicians, but for the church whose main focus in discussions will be evangelization.
THE EMERGENCE OF SYNODALITY AND THE INADEQUACY OF CANON LAW
Historically the Church has never been regulated exclusively by legal codes, says Massimo Faggioli
WHAT THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS MEANS FOR VATICAN II... AND 'VATICAN III'
Massimo Faggioli shows how the Synod under Francis is becoming an ecclesial event involving the whole Church
POPE FRANCIS USING SYNODS TO ‘BUILD CONSENSUS’ IN CHURCH
Sister Nathalie Becquart believes Pope Francis is using synods to gradually build consensus and preserve Church unity.
A SYNOD IS ALWAYS A MISSIONARY CROSSROAD FOR THE CHURCH
An interview with the Pro-Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops on the value of synodality in Pope Francis’ Pontificate and his experience of the Amazonian Synod.
FROM SYNODALITY TO A CREATIVE PASTORAL APPROACH
Journalists and commentators have been spilling a lot of ink over the recently ended "Amazon Synod." And, naturally, they are mostly focusing on these three items...
THE QUESTION BEHIND THE SYNOD: HOW CAN AND SHOULD CHANGE HAPPEN IN THE CHURCH?
If you envision Christ in such a way that he always confirms your beliefs and never makes you squirm, you are on the wrong track and you need some spiritual guidance.
BISHOP MCELROY: US CHURCH IS ADRIFT, SYNODALITY CAN RENEW IT
Renewal filled with broad consultation, the willingness to accept choices, the search for reform at every level, and faith in the constancy of God's presence in the community.
THE SYNODAL CHURCH
The reform of the Church requires we make a step forward in adopting a renewed synodal praxis that is able to engage everyone.
GERMAN CATHOLICS COMPLETE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR 'SYNODAL WAY'
German Catholics insisted their national "synodal way" reform consultation will have an impact on the church worldwide, as final preparations were completed for the consultation's first plenary in January.
POPE TO US BISHOPS: NO, ‘SYNODALITY’ DOESN’T MEAN ‘DEMOCRACY’
The problem with “synodality” as a focus for discussion, however, is that it seems to mean widely differing things to different people.
SYNODS AS HABITATS OF HOPE
The pandemic has deeply interrupted all our lives and the life of the Church. And it has made clear how ruthless the mechanisms of social disintegration can be for the weakest members of our communities.
A SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
When the Synod of Bishops meets again in ordinary session in 2022 it will discuss an issue that is key to Pope Francis' vision for the Church.
SISTER NATALIE BECQUART AND THE PRIMACY OF SYNODALITY
The appointment of Sister Nathalie Becquart to Rome’s synod of bishops office, the first woman to hold this post, is another sign of Pope Francis’ push for a more synodal Church.
THE CHURCH'S DEMAGOGUES: CAN SYNODALITY REBALANCE THE CHARISMATIC CELEBRITIES?
Pope Francis' push for synodality inside the Church coincides chronologically with the rise of populist leaders and the crisis of democracy on the outside.
“THE CHURCH THAT KNOWS HOW TO CELEBRATE EASTER IS SYNODAL”
If we can celebrate together as people of God, we will become Synodal Church. Synodality is not a human construction. We must make room for the Holy Spirit to dissolve the hardness of hearts.
SYNODS WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Over the years, we have begun to discover some differences between Jesus and the church: Jesus has credibility. The reputation of the church, on the other hand, teeters.
CARDINAL TOBIN: SYNODALITY IS POPE FRANCIS' VEHICLE FOR CHANGING THE CHURCH
The election of Francis opened up the rest of the world to the rich theological foment of the church in Latin America, with its strong sense of mission, encounter, the peripheries and mercy."
FRANCIS WIDENS SCOPE OF NEXT SYNOD: DIOCESAN, CONTINENTAL PHASES BEFORE VATICAN EVENT
The pontiff had chosen to take the move so that the next Synod of Bishops would better involve "listening to all of the baptized."
POPE FRANCIS PLANS SYNODAL SHAKE-UP
The next synod of bishops gathering in Rome has been postponed until 2023 so that an unprecedented consultation of Catholics can take place in advance.
CAN THE U.S. CHURCH MANAGE THE SYNODAL PATH?
In recent years, the U.S. bishops have lost much of their ability to work together; indeed they do not seem to like each other very much; how they will manage to engage in the synodal process.
THE LONG GAME: POPE FRANCIS’S VISION OF SYNODALITY
The longer and further we journey together, the more we encounter together, the clearer things become.
SYNODALITY? WHAT’S SYNODALITY?
Synodality is essential for recovering the legitimacy of ecclesial spaces. But the U.S. bishops don’t seem to want to consider it.
THE CHURCH IS SYNODAL BECAUSE IT IS A COMMUNION
Interview with the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops: “Synodality is the form that realizes the participation of all the people of God in mission.”
THE BISHOPS MUST HEAR THE LAITY IF THE SYNODAL PROCESS IS TO SUCCEED
It is important to present the synodal process as a kairos moment- a time for change with a commitment of resource, capacity and energy.
A CLOSER LOOK AT SYNODALITY AND ITS PROMISE FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE CHURCH
Synodality invites us to create and institutionalize ecclesial processes that involve the largest possible number of baptized people and seeks to change mentalities.
SYNOD 2021-2023 FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH
... A decisive theme for the life and mission of the Church. This site will accompany the two-year journey (2021-2023) of reflection and sharing of the whole Church.
VATICAN PREPARES TO LAUNCH TWO-YEAR SYONDAL PROCESS ON ‘SYNODALITY’
Synodality will grant Catholics the “the ability to imagine a different future for the Church and her institutions, in keeping with the mission she has received.”
POPE TO ROME'S FAITHFUL: SYNODALITY EXPRESSES THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH
Pope Francis described the upcoming Synod — with the theme "For a synodal Church: communion, participation, mission" — as a journey in which the whole Church is engaged.
THE SPIRIT IN THE ASSEMBLY: PREPARING FOR THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
Synods are all about being attentive to whatever the Spirit is trying to say to the Church, not what people have decided ahead of time that the Spirit should be saying.
LET'S GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT A CHANCE AT SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
Synodality is not representative democracy, to be sure, but it does involve empowering the laity in ways that acknowledge the need for representation.
COLLEGIALITY, SYNODALITY NEEDED TO FACE CHALLENGES IN EUROPE
A model for renewing collegiality in the light of synodality is taking shape and it involves walking together as brothers and sisters in faith, as members of God's people.
FRANCIS IS SET TO OPEN A WORLDWIDE SYNOD PROCESS. U.S. DIOCESES DON'T SEEM PREPARED
Pope Francis formally opens the two-year synod process with a ceremony in Rome on Oct. 9. Church officials across the U.S. are still figuring out exactly what that process will look like.
GLOBAL CHURCH PREPARES FOR SYNOD PROCESS BEGINNING NEXT MONTH
Pope Francis will open a synod process for the entire church in what has been described as the most ambitious project for Catholic renewal since the Second Vatican Council.
SYNODAL PROCESS LOOKS TO HEAR FROM VOICES ON THE MARGINS OF THE CHURCH
Pope Francis is inviting Catholics both in the mainstream of church life and on the margins to voice their dreams, ideas and concerns in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023.
WHO ARE THESE ‘PEOPLE’? - SEEKING CLARITY ON SYNODAL PARTICIPATION
“The Church is not a democracy,” hierarchical leaders have long reminded us, but this discouraging refrain has intensified on the eve of the two-year synodal process...
FRANCIS IS BETTING A SYNODAL CHURCH WILL BE A CURE FOR A CLERICAL CHURCH
The synod on synodality has grand aspirations to reshape the Catholic Church's ability to engage its members and revitalize its mission. Itjust might be the cure to a church marred by decades of clericalism and abuse.
POPE: ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE MUST BE GROUNDED IN A REFLECTION OF SYNODALITY
He encouraged those present with the help of God, to work to break down dividing walls and to build bridges of communion...
POPE OPENS SYNOD ON SYNODALITY SAYING IT CAN’T BE AN ‘ELITIST’ EXERCISE
Opening the Synod of Bishops on synodality, Francis expressed his desire for this to be an experience everyone in the Church takes part in.
AS POPE OPENS SYNOD, EXPERTS EXTOLL ‘SYNODALITY’ BUT STRUGGLE TO DEFINE IT
This weekend Pope Francis will open a 3-year “Synod of Bishops on Synodality,” the core concepts of which are still obscure to many observers.
‘THERE IS NO NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER CHURCH, BUT TO CREATE A DIFFERENT CHURCH,’ FRANCIS SAYS BEFORE SYNOD
The synod is intended to involve all the baptized—bishops, clergy, religious and laity—at the diocesan and continental levels.
POPE OPENS SYNOD JOURNEY WITH REMINDER IT’S NOT A CONVENTION OR A CONGRESS
“It is impossible to think of a conversion of our activity as a Church that does not include the active participation of all the members of God’s People,”
THE SPIRIT IN THE ASSEMBLY
A global process set to mobilize millions and transform the world’s oldest and largest institution has so far registered as no more than a blip on the Catholic radar.
EXPERTS SEE SYNOD AS ‘BIGGEST CONSULTATION EXERCISE IN HUMAN HISTORY’
Though probably unbeknownst to most Catholics, Pope Francis officially opened the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, which participants hope will help change the way the Church takes decisions.
A THEOLOGIAN'S TAKE ON HOW THE 2023 SYNOD IS A TURNING POINT FOR THE CHURCH
Venezuelan theologian Rafael Luciani highlights the importance of this epochal event for the Church and the contribution of theologians.
WHAT IS THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS? A CATHOLIC PRIEST AND THEOLOGIAN EXPLAINS
This means that bishops around the world will consult with everyone from parishioners to monks, nuns and Catholic universities before coming together for a discussion in 2023.
CARDINAL CZERNY: THE CHURCH IS SYNODAL IN ITS VERY ESSENCE AND LIFE
Cardinal Michael Czerny traces Pope Francis’ vision for the Church in the light of the 2019 Amazon Synod down to the present day.
FOLLOW POPE FRANCIS' CALL TO BE A LISTENING CHURCH — BUT FROM A 45-DEGREE ANGLE
If we as a church are to be a leaven in the world, we must first overcome the polarization within our own house. The world is profoundly divided, but so is the Christian community.
WHAT IS THE SYNODAL JOURNEY? THE THOUGHT OF POPE FRANCIS
The opening words of Francis’ pontificate emphasize that synodality is the key concept behind his conception of the ministry of the Bishop of Rome. At the same time it is the foundation of his ecclesiological perspective...
US BISHOPS SPEAK ON THE SYNODAL PROCESS
Excerpts from homilies and statements given by bishops around the United States, introducing the Synod to their people and expressing unity with Pope Francis’s mission and vision for the Synod.
SPEAK BOLDLY, LISTEN CAREFULLY
Participation and prayerful listening were part of the early Church, and are still found in many religious orders. But through the Church’s history, synodality was squeezed out...
A NEW BEGINNING? LISTENING FOR A SYNODAL CHURCH
This synodal process invites our leaders to listen intently, especially to those who have been marginalized in Catholic spaces. Church leaders must embrace a new beginning. Dare we hope for a new beginning?
IS YOUR DIOCESE PROMOTING THE SYNOD? NO MATTER WHAT, YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE
If your diocese is balking, download synod resources, gather your friends and submit your feedback directly to the general secretariat by April 1, 2022. Contact information can be found at the bottom of the synod website page
“WITHOUT THE LAITY THE CHURCH IS FOOLISH”
A comment by the theologians Scarafoni and Rizzo: clericalism is the great enemy of the synodal process. The "synodal path" is a people on the way.
SYNOD OR SIN ODDLY
Vatican Encourages Catholics to ‘Walk Together’ as Long as the Hierarchy Leads the Way. The Synod on Synodality meant to engage the whole church, all billion plus, in a process of walking together though no one seems to know quite where or how.
PRELATES SEE SYNODAL PROCESS AS HOLY SPIRIT'S REALM TO INSPIRE THE CHURCH
For the next several months, people from throughout the church will be coming together to encounter each other, listen and discern as they shape the church's presence in a world experiencing joy and confronting tragedy.
SYNOD OR SIN ODDLY: VATICAN ENCOURAGES CATHOLICS TO ‘WALK TOGETHER’ AS LONG AS THE HIERARCHY LEADS THE WAY
The Synod on Synodality is meant to engage the whole church in a process of walking together though no one seems to know quite where or how.
GERMANY TAKES THE SYNODAL PATH
If the blessings (of same-sex unions) were akin to an act of public disobedience, they were also an act of pastoral responsibility, undertaken in a peaceful, non-antagonistic way.
THE SPIRIT OF THE SYNODS
Today diversity emerges strongly at every level: mentality, language, approach to issues. Far from being a problem, this is a resource as ecclesial communion is achieved through the real life of peoples and cultures. In a fractured world like ours, it is a prophecy.
THE CHURCH'S RADICAL REFORM – WHAT IS A SYNOD?
This is the first in a new podcast series on synodality and will tell the story of the reform process. The series is presented by Christopher Lamb, the Rome Correspondent for The Tablet
ENCUENTROS: LEARNING FROM 50 YEARS OF SYNODAL EXPERIENCE — IF WE'VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION
Catholic parishes, dioceses and other ecclesial units and groups in the United States have a treasure in the history of the Encuentros, their methodological commitments and their conclusions.
SYNOD PHASE FOR LOCAL LISTENING GETS AN UNEVEN START IN US DIOCESES
If you work in the church, you should be aware that this is happening. It's not like being in the military where if you don't receive the marching orders, you cannot move...
THE POPE'S SYNOD IDEA FEELS TOO SMALL AND SECRET – LET'S CHANGE THAT
We need leadership from the hierarchy and engagement from the people, but nothing is going to happen unless we pass on the information.
SYNOD MEETINGS (U.S.)
Share your hope and vision for a church you can believe in. Use the search feature here to find a local synod listening session near you.
CAN POPE FRANCIS MAKE REAL CHANGE FOR WOMEN? VATICAN WOMEN LEADERS ASSESS HIS CHANCES
A group of women who occupy positions of leadership in the church advocated for the promotion of more female theologians, canon lawyers and other leaders.
IS POPE FRANCIS’ SYNOD ON SYNODALITY BOUND TO DISAPPOINT — OR WILL IT RENEW THE CHURCH?
As God’s pilgrim people journeying together, how can we more effectively bring the life-giving power of the gospel to a world so desperately in need of it?
HUMILITY AND TRUST: FINDING THE KEYS TO THE SYNODAL JOURNEY
Synodality means recognizing that being a Christian is being part of a community with shared gifts and responsibilities, called to listen to the way the Holy Spirit is inspiring each of the baptized...
CATHOLIC LEADERS NEED TO START LISTENING TO THOSE WHO HAVE LEFT RELIGION BEHIND
Have the “nones” consciously rejected religion, or have religious institutions failed to involve them and respond to their needs? The only way to find out is by asking.
CARDINAL TOBIN: REFUSING TO DEAL WITH COMPLEXITY IN THE CHURCH IS A FORM OF HERESY
Critics who dismiss an ongoing Vatican effort to consult Catholics around the world, fail to understand how Francis is trying to reshape the church.
WHY WERE THOSE WORDS ON THAT USCCB GRAPHIC?
Although these terms were new and strange to many, they came from a Vatican document, and all of these concepts are rooted in the teachings of Pope Francis and his predecessors.
THE 'NEW EVANGELIZATION' HAS PROBLEMS, BUT A SYNODAL APPROACH CAN HELP
If the laity aren't actively participating in their parish communities, they leave, joining the growing throng of nones or finding another place of worship that does include them.
SYNODALITY AND THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH IN A POST-COVID WORLD
Clerical sexual abuse, the Church’s teachings on certain matters and the role of women in public ministry have all played their part in decline.
AMERICAN CATHOLICS NEED TO SHED SOME HABITS TO GET IN THE SYNODAL SPIRIT
There is a real opportunity for our liberal friends to be heard. There has never been such an opportunity for the Catholic left to be heard.
CATHOLIC COLLEGES & THE SYNOD
If Catholic colleges and universities lack the will to engage, then our missions and charisms are bankrupt.
THE SYNODAL PROCESS AND A STORY OF A DYING CHURCH AND MISSING FAMILIES
The Catholic Church’s priority should be to listen to its young people of all ages, and the synodal process has so far failed to do so.
A TALE OF TWO SYNODS: WHAT WILL THE GERMAN AND ROMAN SYNODAL GATHERINGS ACCOMPLISH?
There are two synodal gatherings going on now in the Catholic Church which will undoubtedly have serious repercussions on the life of the church.
SYNODS AND LAITY: A MATCH MADE IN HISTORY
While it is certainly true that the Catholic Church is not a democracy, it was much more representative in the Patristic era of the first few centuries of Christianity.
LAY CATHOLICS FILL THE ENTHUSIASM GAP ON FRANCIS’ SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
The synod has seemingly failed to grab the attention of American Catholics. A few dedicated lay organizers are trying to change that.
WHERE GERMAN CATHOLICS & POPE FRANCIS DIVERGE
The distance between Rome and Germany is as clear now under Francis as it has been in regard to John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and is a direct challenge to the pope’s emphasis of the “synodal process.”
WILL THE CURIA DERAIL POPE FRANCIS' SYNODAL PROCESS?
The Synodal Process gives hope - but will it be able to jump over the obstacles the Curia may put in its way? We can learn from the past!
EXPERIENCES OF A SYNODAL PROCESS
No final document, no list of challenges and pastoral orientations, no methodological or operational element of the experience have any meaning or value if they do not place us in the perspective of knowing that we are called to follow Christ more closely.
SHOULD CATHOLICS WORRY ABOUT BISHOPS DISAGREEING IN PUBLIC?
Perhaps we will all have to decide what is on the table and what is not, what is the perpetual teaching of the church and what is a matter of local discipline or practice.
SYNODALITY IS SIMPLE
Syndality is simple in itself, but it also demands a choice. Are we willing to follow the Spirit and convert from anything that keeps us from journeying in unity and listening to one another?
SYNODALITY IS ALREADY THE CHURCH'S METHOD
Synodality is about much more than following, but becoming witnesses to him in the world in which we live, and so, to invite others to follow.
NEW CARDINAL MCELROY: SYNODAL PROCESS REQUIRES 'SUBSTANTIVE' DIALOGUE
The mandate for the synodal process points to the centrality of mutual understanding as the goal for substantive and meaningful dialogue. But such dialogue is not easy.
POPE FRANCIS' SYNODALITY COULD BE KEY TO REACHING YOUNG CATHOLICS
Nothing leaves Jesus indifferent; everything is of concern to him. Encountering faces, meeting eyes, sharing [everyone's] history. That is the closeness that Jesus embodies.
THE CIRCLE OF VISION: AN ARCHITECTURE FOR SYNODALITY
We cannot take one or even two or three images and think that we understand the Church no matter how well we know these few images.
THE ABUSE SCANDAL & SYNODALITY
The opposition or indifference to synodality may yet have a profound impact on understanding the abuse crisis, and thus on any hope for meaningful Church reform.
COMPARED TO THE GERMAN SYNODAL PATH, AUSTRALIA’S COUNCIL HAS RECEIVED SCANT ATTENTION
The Plenary Council is the most advanced attempt yet to implement the vision of a more synodal Church implicit in the documents of the Second Vatican Council.
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL CONCLUDES WITH AGREEMENT ON EQUAL DIGNITY OF MEN, WOMEN
People with many divergent views and myriad expressions of the way they live church, but with faithfulness nonetheless, and that allowed God to work...
ONLINE COURSE SHOWS SYNODALITY IS ABOUT THE CHURCH BREAKING OLD, BAD HABITS
The title of the course is "Common discernment and decision making in a Synodal Church" and it is hosted on Boston College's website.
CLOSER ENCOUNTERS
On the meaning of meeting others: The success of the Synod on Synodality set to take place in Rome next year will depend on whether a culture of encounter is present there.
SYNTHESISING THE SYNODAL PROCESS THROUGH LISTENING TO THE LAITY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
The universal Church is engaged in a highly charged new ministry: the faithful capture of the voice of the People of God as they respond to the Holy Spirit.
POPE FRANCIS’ BIG GAMBLE: THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
Will the synod succeed in bringing greater unity to the church, or will it result in greater conflict and division?
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY ORGANIZERS: ‘TRUST THE PROCESS’
Pope Francis’ massive consultation of Catholics from all over the world in an effort to reform church structures has drawn both criticism and praise.
CAN YOU HEAR US? A LOOK AT THE ONGOING SYNOD
How the Catholic Church’s biggest consultation taught us to exercise synodality. And the more we exercise it, the stronger it’s going to get.
SYNOD ON SYNODALITY HAD ITS DOUBTERS, BUT IT’S PROVING TO BE BALM FOR ‘ENDURING WOUNDS’
Many wounds reported by laity are inflicted not by individuals but by the institution itself.
SYNOD ADVISERS MEET OUTSIDE ROME TO CONSIDER 'TIME FOR CHANGE' IN CATHOLIC CHURCH
The assumption is everybody needs to be heard and listened to, and we need a church in which it is possible to do that.
PODCAST: SYNOD REPORTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE IN. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell reveals some of the highlights of his interview with Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.
US NATIONAL SYNTHESIS ILLUSTRATES A WILLING FAITHFUL BUT CERTAIN PROBLEMS PERSIST
The Synod on Synodality has thus far demonstrated the “joys, hopes, and wounds” shared by members of the Church in the U.S.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GUIDING THE SYNODAL PROCESS. BUT HOW?
We need to recognize the power of the Holy Spirit and that every member of the church is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
WOMEN DEACONS MOVEMENT HOPES FOR CONCRETE PROPOSALS IN NEXT SYNOD STAGE
As the global synod process moves to its second stage, synod advisers have been clear that discussion about the role of women in the church was a recurring theme.
POPE ANNOUNCES THAT SYNOD ON ‘SYNODALITY’ WILL BE EXTENDED TO 2024
The ongoing Synod of Bishops on Synodality will be extended for an additional year to allow more time for discernment and a greater understanding of the concept as a key dimension of church life.
SYNODALITY AND THE LISTENING CHURCH
“If the Church is not synodal,” Pope Francis has said, “it is not the Church.” And this month, the process that is reviving the spirit of Vatican II reaches a turning point.
WHAT WILL THE POPE'S LATEST SYNODALITY SURPRISE MEAN?
The final phase of the synod on synodality will now be spread over two gatherings, in October 2023 and October 2024.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION: LESSONS FROM AUSTRALIA
A commonly held fear about the synod process is that it will allow division and disagreement to veer out of control. Is this fear justified?
NEW SYNOD DOC HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES, BUT OFFERS FEW SOLUTIONS
While the document offered few solutions, it said many reports from the episcopal conferences were clear in their vision for the church as “an expansive, but not homogeneous dwelling...”
ROLE OF WOMEN MUST BE TACKLED 'URGENTLY' IN CATHOLIC CHURCH
The landmark synod report says that Catholics repeatedly express the desire for a more welcoming, inclusive Church that eradicates the misuse of power.
VATICAN SYNOD DOCUMENT ACKNOWLEDGES CALLS TO WELCOME WOMEN, LGBTQ CATHOLICS
Launching the next phase of the Synod on Synodality, organizers stressed that everyone is invited in the church’s tent.
LISTENING TO THE SYNOD
A synodal report from the American bishops reflects fears that the Church has become too “judgmental.” But a Church that does not judge cannot bear moral witness.
THE ABUSE CRISIS SHOULD BE THE CENTER OF THE POPE'S ONGOING SYNODAL PROCESS
The current synodal process initiated by Pope Francis' pontificate cannot be understood outside of the epoch-changing abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
US BISHOPS LOOK BACKWARDS WHILE CATHOLICS LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Even as the USCCB continues down a path that offers scant light and love, the Church – the People of God – guided by the Holy Spirit will continue moving forward toward a future rich with possibility.
ARE WE PROTAGONISTS YET?
To listen is to emulate God’s disposition toward God’s people. When it comes to the status of women in the Church, we will know that such listening has been genuine if its fruits shatter the pattern...
CARDINAL LEADING CATHOLICS’ CHURCHWIDE CONSULTATION WRESTLES WITH TRADITION AND CHANGE
The synod will be inspired by the Holy Spirit and rooted in truth, said Cardinal Mario Grech. The truth 'can be presented by a minority, a group or even an individual.'
US CATHOLICS NEED TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS ABOUT THE SYNOD
Before the leaders of the synodal process find ways to discern when opinions reflect the bidding of the Spirit and when they reflect poor catechesis, they need to better prepare people for both possibilities...
ADVENT IN MUSIC. SEVEN ANTIPHONS, ALL WORTH DISCOVERING AGAIN
From December 17 until the day before Christmas Eve, 7 antiphons are sung, one per day, all of them beginning with an invocation to Jesus, although he is never called by name.
SYNOD’S MAIN THEMES COME INTO FOCUS AS IT ENTERS ITS CONTINENTAL STAGE
From the participation of lay faithful to the role of bishops’ conferences, the synod on synodality reconsiders ecclesial structures for the new millennium.
THE SYNODAL PROCESS COULD TRANSFORM RACE RELATIONS IN THE US CHURCH
Our journey together has three parts: first, that we read our times clearly; second, that we judge our times in the light of the Gospel, and third, that we act on behalf of justice.
HIERARCHY'S SACRAMENTAL BETRAYAL IN ABUSE SCANDAL OBSTRUCTS SYNODALITY
What do you do to reconcile with the community when you've been complicit in what one longtime victims' advocate termed "soul murder"?
SYNOD: WORKING DOCUMENT FOR THE CONTINENTAL STAGE
The Document is the fruit of the Syntheses resulting from the consultation of the People of God in the first phase of the synodal process and will be the focus of listening, dialogue and discernment of the Continental Synodal Assemblies (January-March 2023).
SYNOD OFFICIALS CAUTION BISHOPS TO PUT CATHOLICS’ NEEDS OVER THEIR OWN AGENDAS
The warning seemed aimed at the German bishops' approach to the Synodal Path.
SYNOD: ‘THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CALLING US BACK TO THE BASICS’
Synodality calls us to walk together regardless of our differences. It is the practice of discernment based on the action of the Holy Spirit, which calls for a participatory, inclusive, and co-responsible Church.
ROME CALLS THE BISHOPS TO GET ON BOARD THE SYNODAL TRAIN
A letter from two Vatican officials gives the bishops — and us — a primer on ecclesiology, to clarify the bishops' role in the process and how they can best lead and guide it.
WHAT’S REALLY DRIVING CRITICISM OF CARDINAL MCELROY’S CALL FOR LGBT INCLUSION
In addition to the critique of Cardinal McElroy’s focus on welcome and inclusion, critics are also reacting to the process through which that could happen: the ongoing synod of bishops on the topic on synodality.
TOBIN SAYS ‘DOCTRINAL CHANGE’ NOT THE POINT OF SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
While two of his fellow American bishops clash over possible doctrinal changes as a result of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality, one US cardinal is calling a focus on outcomes rather than process a “red herring.”
AFTER SYNODAL ASSEMBLY EUROPE'S BISHOPS PLEDGE TO 'WORK TIRELESSLY' TO ENLARGE CATHOLIC TENT
There was "a strong acceptance that the body of Christ is wounded and in need of healing in so many ways."
BISHOPS, THEOLOGIANS TALK FRANKLY ABOUT SYNODALITY AT BOSTON COLLEGE CONFERENCE
Dozens of theologians and bishops from across the United States gathered together to discuss how the Catholic Church can better live out the synodal path.
A GENTLE WARNING FOR POPE FRANCIS CRITICS (AND CHEERLEADERS): THE SYNOD IS ABOUT CONVERSION, NOT WINNING AN ARGUMENT
At stake is not any one issue but a deeper question of who and how the church is called to be.
SHOULD WE BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT SYNODALITY?
Models for parish renewal demonstrate concrete, synodal approaches to evangelization and leadership, but strategies for these alone are not enough. Ultimately, this is a “spiritual path.”
THE SYNOD IS NOT AN EVENT. IT’S A NEW WAY OF BEING CHURCH
At a time when polarization runs deep in all levels of society, the church is one of the few places where people of all backgrounds gather under one roof.
THE VOICES OF SYNODAL DIALOGUE
While sometimes framed in different languages or with different emphases, the joys, the hopes, the sorrows and the fears of God’s people were remarkably similar.
SYNODALITY IS 'RADICALLY INCLUSIVE,' SAYS VATICAN COMMITTEE MEMBER SR. FILO HIROTA
This is about rethinking the structure, spirituality and our ways of being church. It's about asking how the church of Jesus should be today.
NORTH AMERICA SYNOD DOCUMENT CALLS THE CHURCH TO WELCOME WOMEN, LGBT PEOPLE AND YOUTH
With church leaders slated to meet in October for the next phase of the Synod on Synodality, the bishops conferences of the U.S. and Canada released a report summarizing the virtual meetings conducted with lay and ordained Catholics earlier this year.
SYNOD INCREASINGLY ABOUT UNITY IN DIVERSITY
“Synodality” is generally understood to refer to a collaborative and consultative style of management in which all members, clerical and lay, participate in making decisions about the church’s life and mission.
POPE FRANCIS EXPANDS PARTICIPATION IN SYNOD TO LAY MEMBERS, GRANTING RIGHT TO VOTE
Francis dramatically expanded participation in the Vatican's upcoming Synod of Bishops to include lay men and women, for the first time granting them a right to be appointed as full voting members.
A NOTE OF CAUTION ABOUT DECK-STACKING CHARGES AGAINST POPE FRANCIS
Competing with the positive narrative put forward by official Vatican media channels and the pope’s friends and allies has been another, more cynical reading.
SYNODALITY IS WORKING: WOMEN GETTING A VOTE AT THE VATICAN IS THE LATEST PROOF
Many Catholics like myself who have followed the development of synodality under Pope Francis have been convinced that the decision to open synod voting to non-bishops was all but inevitable.
THANK GOD — AND WOMEN — FOR LAY VOTERS AT THE SYNOD
It seems only fitting that a process dedicated to listening seems to have accomplished just that: listening and responding to voices raised through the synod process itself.
SYNODAL REFORM AND WHY PASTORAL COUNCILS ARE THE WAY FORWARD
Slowly but steadily, Pope Francis’ synodal reform of the Roman Catholic Church is moving forward.
FRANCIS' SYNOD REFORMS SHOW VOICES OF CATHOLIC LAITY CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED
The voice of the laity can no longer be discounted in the exercise of the pastoral teaching office.
SYNODALITY LEADS FILIPINO YOUTH TO LISTEN AND ENGAGE WITH GOD
We can only work one step at a time to try and build a better future through our own efforts; synodality will bring better visions of who we are to our faith.
FROM AGGIORNAMENTO TO SYNODALITY
Pope Francis, in the spirit of St. John XXIII, has been opening the windows of the Church to allow a fresh breeze in. And as with John XXIII, there has been considerable resistance to what he is imagining.
THE PENTECOST VIGIL PROJECT
The Pentecost Vigil Project supports the call for Church renewal through Spirit-led synodality, providing creative digital resources and services that enable a better understanding and embrace of the synodal process.
NOTHING REALLY CHANGED AFTER VATICAN II. BUT SYNODALITY MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The kinds of changes the people had expected from this council lay yet in Rome, drying in wet ink there and largely ignored.
SYNOD DOCUMENT SETS THE STAGE FOR GROUND-BREAKING SUMMIT
This document seeks to present the priorities that emerged during the synod listening and discernment process and the desire to create a more “synodal Church”.
SYNOD DOCUMENT SETS STAGE FOR WIDE-RANGING DEBATE ON WOMEN, CATHOLIC MINISTRIES AND STRUCTURES
Setting the stage for a wide discussion for the first session of a high-stakes meeting that is attempting to respond to the challenges of church life in the modern world
WHY THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY IS CONFUSING TO AMERICAN CATHOLICS
If an American were in charge of running the pope’s synod, it would be very different.
PARTICIPATION AND INCLUSION IN THE SYNOD ARE ABOUT BAPTISMAL BELONGING
The path outlined in the instrumentum laboris and by the pope is not about securing a particular outcome or political victory. Deep participation in the synodal process is itself a desired goal.
WE REMAIN HOPEFUL ABOUT THE SYNOD PROCESS
The Vatican's working document for the synod on synodality shows positive signs that the three-year synodal process may be the beginning of a significant shift in the church.
JOURNEYING TOGETHER IN SYNODALITY AND ECUMENISM
The Francis papacy and the synod process is opening up unexpected new paths in the search for Christian unity.
CATHOLICS ARE NOT AS DIVIDED AS THE SKEPTICS THOUGHT
Many of the most significant tensions and cleavages lie between neighbors, whose histories shape much of their ecclesial experience.
POPE FRANCIS’ PICKS FOR THE SYNOD ARE IN — AND SUGGEST THIS WILL BE A VATICAN MEETING LIKE NO OTHER
This synod could well be the most transformative event in the Catholic Church since the Second Vatican Council.
EVERY AMERICAN GOING TO THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY: FULL LIST AND ANALYSIS
The slate of delegates is emblematic of the at-times competing ideological poles of the U.S. church—and the continued effort by Francis to reorient U.S. bishops toward his vision for the church.
POPE APPOINTS HUNDREDS TO ATTEND SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON SYNODALITY
Francis has appointed more than 450 participants, including dozens of women and men religious and laypeople from around the world, to attend the first general assembly of the Synod in October.
PREBUTTALS TO THE SYNOD HAVE BEGUN, AND THEY DON'T PERSUADE
Make no mistake: These prebuttals are not being offered because they fear synodality will fail, but because they fear it is already succeeding.
FR JAMES MARTIN SJ CHOSEN BY POPE FRANCIS FOR MOST AMBITIOUS CHURCH RENEWAL PROCESS IN 60 YEARS
Those taking part in the forthcoming global summit on church renewal will make up the most diverse gathering yet for a synod assembly in Rome.
‘THE SYNOD IS NOT VATICAN III’
The Second Vatican Council has given all the elements; there is no new element given by us. Everything which is there is in the council.
THE SYNOD WILL MEET IN A DIFFERENT VATICAN HALL. THIS COULD BE GROUNDBREAKING
The October meeting of the Synod of Bishops will be held in a larger Vatican hall than previous synod meetings, to allow for roundtable discussions among members.
THE PITCH CLOCK IS A TRAVESTY. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MUST LEARN FROM BASEBALL’S MISTAKE
Unlike baseball’s haphazard attempts to “improve” the game, the church must prayerfully discern its next steps. There is so much more at stake.
IF THE SYNOD ISN'T A PARLIAMENT, VOTING SHOULD BE DROPPED
Both the Second Vatican Council and the synod on synodality are about learning to be the church that God wants us to be for the sake of the world that desperately needs healing and transformation.
A CHURCH WITH ROOM FOR EVERYONE
This summer’s World Youth Day in Lisbon—almost certainly Pope Francis’s last—was a school in solidarity and synodality.
FALSE FEARS ABOUT THE SYNOD
A synodal Church is founded on the recognition of a common dignity deriving from Baptism, which makes all who receive it sons and daughters of God, members of the family of God.
SYNOD RAISES HOPES FOR LONG-SOUGHT RECOGNITION OF WOMEN IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Called to examine power structures in the Catholic Church, the Synod on Synodality will grapple in large part with the role of women.
LISTENING TO NON-PRACTICING CATHOLICS AHEAD OF THE SYNOD
When people find their faith challenged and no one willing to listen to their doubts or questions, they are likely to disengage.
TOWARD A LISTENING AND EMPATHETIC CHURCH?
The journeying together that Pope Francis talks about invokes the metaphor of the people of God, which Vatican II put at the center of its ecclesiology, like a group of pilgrims.
LEARNING FROM THE WOMEN OF ST PAUL
At the synod in October, there will be 70 non-bishop members with the right to vote, half of whom will be women. It does raise the question of the role of women within the institutional Church, already firmly on the Synod agenda.
TWO CRITICAL POINTS ABOUT THE SYNOD
Can the Church’s understanding of unchanging revelation develop, and in what ways? Powerful forces want the question to be taken off the table.
WHOSE SYNODALITY? SOCIAL ALLIANCES AND INSTITUTIONAL MODELS IN GLOBAL CATHOLICISM
Ecclesial synodality is something very old and, at the same time, something very recent. It is an integral part of the tradition of the Church
IS OPPOSITION TO THE SYNOD (AND POPE FRANCIS) ROOTED IN A MISTRUST OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
If we trust in the Holy Spirit, why would we be fearful of Francis’ vision of the synod as a gathering where all voices are heard?
SYNODALITY: A PAPAL PRIMER
Synodality is at the heart of the pontificate of Pope Francis. He has made this kind inclusive, consultative style of ministry the key to a Catholic Church that builds on the legacy of the Second Vatican Council rather than thwarting the council’s vision.
SYNOD ORGANIZERS ATTEMPT TO DISMISS FEARS AHEAD OF FALL MEETING
The Synod on Synodality has a communications problem, and it risks reinforcing papal critics.
BEHIND THE SYNOD OPPOSITION: FAR-RIGHT GROUPS, POLITICAL ACTIVISTS AND CARDINAL BURKE
Deep ties to traditionalist Catholics in the United States, and a long history of defying Vatican II reforms, are driving the opposition to next month's summit on the future of the Catholic Church.
IS SYNODALITY JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR COLLEGIALITY?
Synodality might be thought of as collegiality resurrected, but without all the baggage. The difference is literally semantic: Synod has a Greek root, collegial a Latin root.
WITH THIS SYNOD, POPE FRANCIS DRAWS ON DECADES OF CATHOLIC EXPERIMENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA
Latin American and U.S. Latino theologians are recognizing influences from the pope's Latin American roots in the synod's theology and methodology.
TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES
The synodal process launched by Pope Francis has a deeper meaning than the reform of the Catholic Church. This hope rests in our faith that the Spirit of God is continually uniting humanity into one body.
HOW POLITICAL POLARISATION IS DIVIDING CATHOLICS AS THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY DRAWS NEAR
Opposition to the significant church renewal process initiated by Pope Francis is ramping up ahead of next month’s synod summit in the Vatican.
‘GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY’: THE SYNOD, RACE AND MUTUAL CONVERSION
Preparations for the upcoming Synod have prompted an important question: How might the local church of the United States become a powerful witness of the good news amid cries for racial healing and justice?
SYNOD SCHEDULE: HOLY SEE RELEASES PROGRAM FOR OCT. 4-29 EVENT
The Holy See has released the schedule for the Synod on the future of the Church, which will take place at the Vatican from October 4 to 29.
SYNODAL DISCERNMENT AND WOMEN IN THE DIACONATE
While the roles of women and men differed in the early church, there is nothing barring women from undertaking all the tasks and duties of deacons today.
WHY POPE FRANCIS' BIG VATICAN MEETING NEXT MONTH IS SO IMPORTANT
Nnearly 450 people from around the world will gather in Rome for a month-long assembly, a Synod of Bishops on synodality.
ALTERNATIVE CATHOLIC SYNOD TO PUSH CASE FOR ORDINATION OF WOMEN PRIESTS
While the official synod is the first ever event of its kind in the Catholic church to include voting women, there are far more bishops with a vote than women.
DISCERNMENT IS AT THE HEART OF THE SYNOD BUT IT’S NOT EASY
Discernment of how the Spirit is leading the church is at the heart of Pope Francis’ plans for the Synod on Synodality, but anyone who thinks discernment is easy is bound to get into trouble.
THE VATICAN’S ‘SYNOD ON SYNODALITY’ IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW
The unprecedented gathering of 464 Catholic clergy and laypeople, including women, begins Oct. 4 at the Vatican.
IS THE SYNOD IGNORING THE CONCERNS OF MOST CATHOLICS IN THE PEWS?
Assuming that the synod is even on their radar, most Catholics are wondering, “If the synod doesn’t cover these important issues, where in the church should I turn to?”
FRANCIS OPENS A SYNOD THAT COULD CHANGE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
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POPE SIGNALS OPENNESS TO BLESSINGS FOR GAY COUPLES, STUDY OF WOMEN'S ORDINATION
Blessings for same-sex couples, under the condition they are not confused with marriage ceremonies for men and women, in what could be a watershed moment for the global Catholic Church.
POPE FRANCIS REPLIES TO NEW “DUBIA” RELATED TO SYNOD
Francis’ letter responding to five cardinals who had sent the Pope a message expressing their doubts — “dubia” in Latin — in the run-up to the opening of the Synod on the future of the Church.
LGBTQ+ CATHOLICS EXPRESS CAUTIOUS HOPE FOR CHANGE AS SYNOD OF BISHOPS STARTS
As the Synod of Bishops opens LGBTQ+ Catholics are expressing gratitude that Pope Francis' revamped synodal process has included their voices.
CONSERVATIVE CATHOLICS, RELEGATED TO SIDELINES, DENOUNCE PAPAL GATHERING
As bishops and laypeople from around the world prepared to gather at the Vatican, traditionalist Catholics who would not be among them staged their own show.
SYNOD ANALYSIS – WHAT WE LEARNT FROM THE POPE’S DUBIA REPLY
Francis’ replies effectively set out the theological principles which underpin the debate about reform and renewal in the Church.
THE SYNOD IS NOT VATICAN III. IT’S POPE FRANCIS’ IMPLEMENTATION OF VATICAN II
Pope Francis did not attend Vatican II, but from the beginning of his pontificate, he set out with determination to continue its implementation.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
This week on “Jesuitical,” Zac and Ashley bring listener questions about the synod to America’s veteran Vatican correspondent, Gerard O’Connell.
THE SYNOD DOESN'T TAKE AWAY PAPAL AUTHORITY - IT INCLUDES THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF GOD
As delegates prepare to gather in Rome for the Synod on Synodality, is clear that in the present moment, Pope Francis is calling us to be a truly listening church - a church of discernment.
SYNODAL PROCESS HAS ALREADY CHANGED THE SPIRIT OF ONE WEST VIRGINIA PARISH
Whatever happens in Rome, the synod has already had a deep and positive effect on St. Agnes Parish, which held listening sessions for Catholics and other community members in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
BUILDING A MORE INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC CHURCH
If Francis' model of the church is persuasive, this synod will be the beginning of an ongoing process in the church, the first of many conversations to come.
SYNODALITY & CATHOLIC AMNESIA - CONCILIARIST TRADITION GETS A NEW NAME
Discussions of synodality are about the future — about charting a path forward for Catholicism, from the individual Catholic to the parish community to the universal Church. But these discussions inevitably appeal to the past.
CONSERVATIVE CARDINALS HAVE FIVE QUESTIONS OR ‘DUBIA.’ I HAVE SIX.
Traditionalists don't like Pope Francis because he is the first truly post-Counter-Reformation pope, with perhaps the exception of John XXIII - Thomas Reese SJ.
LEAVEN FOR POSITIVE CHANGE
The importance of Small Christian Communities (SCCs), also known as Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) or Basic Christian Communities (BCCs), to the life of the church has been a recurring theme of the synodal discussion this week.
A PASTOR’S BRIEF NOTE ON THE SYNOD
The Synod will give us a reflection of the present state of the Church—it is an exercise of listening even to those we disagree with.
CARDINAL HOLLERICH GUIDES SYNOD WITH A GENTLE HAND
Hollerich hopes the synod can develop a road map for worldwide consultation before the next session of the synod in October 2024.
AT THE SYNOD, A NEW KIND OF CONVERSATION IS EVOLVING
This is the last full week of the synod on synodality in Rome. There is a revolution afoot at the synod, and it doesn't have to do with who gets ordained or any particular hot-button issue.
THERE’S THE SYNOD. AND THEN THERE’S THE DREAM OF SYNODALITY
The back-and-forth is dizzying, and it will not end soon. The synod is the synod. Parts of the Catholic world are involved. Some are not.
FRANCIS WANTS THE SYNOD IN EVERY PARISH. HERE’S HOW TO BRING IT TO YOURS
Such a process is a far cry from a parish meeting presided over by the pastor who announces and defends his preordained decisions.
WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE SYNOD? LOOK TO THE CATACOMBS
In the catacombs, a reminder that Catholicism is a faith deeply embedded in its historical context. We believe the incarnation occurred, God became human, in a particular time and place. At its best, Christianity has a deep appreciation of context.
THE LETTER FROM THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD
As this phase of the Synod on the future of the Church comes to a close on Sunday, the members have written a letter to the people of God on their experience.
VATICAN SUMMIT ENDS WITHOUT ACTION ON WOMEN DEACONS, GBTQ CATHOLICS
The report, titled "A synodal church in mission," follows an intense month of debates at the Vatican among some 450 participants over a range of big issues, including the role of women in church ministries, clergy sexual abuse and better inclusion of LGBTQ Catholics.
SYNOD FINAL REPORT: CALLS FOR MORE DISCUSSION ON SYNODALITY, WOMEN DEACONS AND MORE
The synthesis report did not use the term “LGBTQ+” or even “homosexuality” and spoke only generally of issues related to “matters of identity and sexuality.”
SYNOD REPORT; WOMEN DEACONS FORWARD; A CRUSHING BLOW ON LGBTQ JUSTICE
The document is forty pages long and while a consensus was achieved, the document was tragically lacking. It should have been much bolder given the input received from around the world during the past two years.
VATICAN SYNOD ENDS WITH DIVIDE OVER WOMEN DEACONS AND LGBTQ+
Delegates described a civil, constructive atmosphere in recent weeks, but also disagreements, including on the role of women in the church and the question of priestly celibacy.
FATHER JAMES MARTIN: WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY
Will this change the church? Perhaps not, but it’s a start, and it’s perhaps something good in a polarized world.
'IMPOSSIBLE TO GO BACK' TO SYNODS WITHOUT LAY VOTERS
Cardinals Cupich, Mcelroy say it should now be "impossible" to return to an era where lay men and women are not given both a voice and vote in major Vatican meetings.
SYNOD IS A MILESTONE IN THE RECEPTION OF VATICAN II
The final document from the now-concluded assembly of the synod on synodality will receive a tepid reception in some quarters. But the text captures what happened, and what happened is extraordinary when viewed through an ecclesiological lens.
IN VATICAN SUMMIT’S CLOSING DOCUMENT, AGREEMENT THAT SYNODALITY IS CHURCH’S FUTURE
Pope Francis’ synod on synodality never sought to answer the church’s hot-button questions, but it achieved its goal of promoting dialogue.
A SYNODAL CHURCH IN MISSION
The first Rome assembly of the Synod on Synodality concluded in Rome this week, publishing a synthesis report proposing an expanded role for the laity and hearing Pope Francis reiterate “the great and perennial reform” of the Church.
SYNODALITY WORKS - A REPORT FROM ROME
Now begins a period of evaluation and a year’s discernment before the final assembly in October 2024, which will need to decide on some of the major questions identified in the synthesis report.
THE SYNOD: THE CHURCH BEGINS TO DREAM
The Synod on Synodality has laid a foundation stone for a deep reform of how the Catholic Church carries out its mission and how it contains disagreements that threaten its unity.
FIFTEEN HIDDEN GEMS IN THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY REPORT
If we let the media tell us what to see in the synod, we might miss important opportunities for church reform. We can miss important opportunities if we only focus on the hot-button issues.
HOW THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY REPORT MODELS REAL INCLUSIVITY
The Church, properly understood, has no ideology. Any positions it appears to take on political matters are in fact best interpreted as understandings of spiritual matters that have been politicized.
A GOOD START FOR THE SYNOD: BUT STILL TOO MUCH OF THIS ‘RABBI, FATHER, TEACHER’
The Synod recognized the urgency of including women more fully in the Church, but its conclusions left much to be desired.
DISCLOSING GOD'S LOVE
The very nature of the synodal assembly in Rome testified to the identity of the church as the entire people of God in a piercing manner.
HOW THE SYNOD WILL CHANGE THE CHURCH
The current model of the Church is fading fast. What comes next will look very different. In spite of the immense diversity of viewpoint and culture and experiences within Catholicism, the synodal process is how we will get there.
THE SYNODAL JOURNEY CONTINUES
The good news is that we are still a Vatican II Church: thanks to Francis, efforts by some to shape the Church in an anti-conciliar way have failed.
ESSAY RAISES IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT POPE FRANCIS' SYNODAL PROCESS
Theologian John Cavadini penned an important article about the synthesis document that summed up the deliberations at the recently concluded Synod of Bishops in Rome, which raises important questions about the document.
YOUNG CATHOLICS BRING THE SPIRITUAL LESSONS OF THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY HOME
Invited to participate in a global meeting of Catholic bishops and lay leaders, young Philadelphians found themselves hopeful about the future of the church.
US BISHOPS ASKED TO HOLD LISTENING SESSIONS AHEAD OF 2024 SYNOD ASSEMBLY
The synod team at the national conference is asking U.S. bishops to hold two to three listening sessions in order to address questions focused on the involvement of laypeople at every level of the Church'sstructure.
CLERICALISM ISN’T THE ONLY THING STOPPING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH FROM EMBRACING SYNODALITY
The core challenge to synodality can be expressed in many ways: passivity, a consumer-driven mentality, a sense of looking at things from the outside with a consequent lack of ownership and a generalized disengagement.
THE SYNOD & YOUNG PEOPLE - HEALING WOUNDS OF DISTRUST
Before asking young people to be vulnerable in synodal sessions, the Church must build trust and provide greater transparency.
HAS THE SYNOD ON SYNODALITY CHANGED ANYTHING?
Despite a lack of concrete reform, the synod shows Catholics a new way to be “church.”
POPE FRANCIS’ SYNOD MADE FEW WAVES, BUT ORGANIZERS SAY IT’S ALREADY CHANGING THE CHURCH
The controversy over blessing gay couples is just another example of synodality at work, according to Sr. Nathalie Becquart.
PARISH PRIESTS WERE MISSING AT THE SYNOD. NOW 300 WILL MEET AT THE VATICAN
Members at last October’s synod, which included cardinals, bishops, women and men religious, lay men and women, noted their concern with the almost total absence of parish priests at the synod assembly.
INSIDE THE VATICAN'S SYNOD OFFICE: 'NEW STYLE OF LEADERSHIP' FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH
Through the October 2023 and 2024 assemblies of the Synod of Bishops, Francis is creating "a path of conversion" toward "a new way to exercise the authority" in the church.
THE SYNOD NEEDS MORE PARENTS
The greatest gift the church can give to our youth is to better serve their parents. This would begin with listening to us.
SYNODALITY CALLS US TO INWARD AND OUTWARD JOURNEY
The deeper our inner journeys as individuals and communities, the further our outward journeys will take us to overcome patriarchy and structural sin, thereby bringing fullness of life for everyone.
POPE BOLSTERS SYNOD PROCESS AHEAD OF MAJOR FALL MEETING
With his lengthy and debated Synod of Bishops on Synodality set to wrap later this year, Pope Francis took several steps to bolster the process in the lead up to a meeting that will bring four years of global consultation to a close.
VATICAN PUTS THE BRAKES ON SYNOD ON SYNODALITY, PUSHES ‘CONTROVERSIAL’ TOPICS TO 2025
Women deacons, priestly formation and other contentious questions won’t be a part of the next synod in October.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: THE SYNOD’S ONLY TRUE WINNER
Are we listening to what “the Spirit is saying to the Churches” (Rv 3:22)? The answer must come through honest prayer, respectful listening, and courageous action.
BEFORE TACKLING TROUBLESOME ISSUES, POPE FRANCIS INSISTS ON SYNODALITY
When the next session of the synod meets this October, the topics of married priests and same-sex blessings will be off the table, while the possibility of women deacons will be assigned to study groups.
THE SYNOD AS STARTING POINT
The invitational aspect of synodality can be transformational—resuscitating what may seem like a dying Church, especially for young people.
FOR WOMEN, THE SYNODAL PROCESS IS A ROAD MAP TO AN INCLUSIVE CHURCH
Listening to the many diverse “signals” contributing to the synod makes it clear that excluding women from fully expressing their gifts in the church is an obstacle on the way to the reign of God.
SYNOD SPIRITUALITY WITH FR. RADCLIFFE: ‘HOPING AGAINST HOPE’
Part 1 of a 9-part Vatican ViewPoint Podcast given by Timothy Radcliff reflecting on the spirituality of the Synod on Synodality.
3 WAYS THE SYNOD’S ‘CONVERSATIONS IN THE SPIRIT’ CAN REVOLUTIONIZE THE CHURCH
Pope Francis' reframing of the scope and meaning of synods will also have staying power, because this reframing opens up a new model for the church.
POPE'S STUDY GROUPS REFLECT EVOLVING NATURE OF SYNOD PROCESS
The new structures would help to deepen theological reflection and also allow the respective Vatican dicasteries whose work is affected by certain topics to become more collaborative with one another.
SYNODALITY AND THE PARISH – PRIESTS IN DIALOGUE
Priesthood is experiencing a time of trial. We priests are not called to be the ‘ruling class’ in the Church, but the servants of all.
PRIESTS PREPARE TO BRING SYNODALITY FROM THE VATICAN TO PARISHES AROUND THE WORLD
Even as some Catholics look at the synod with skepticism, others don’t know what it means or haven’t heard of it at all. Pope Francis is tasking parish priests with changing that.
Too many filters are selected.