About the Synod
The “Synod on Synodality: Communion, Participation, and Mission” is a two-year process of listening and dialogue beginning in 2021 and concluding in 2023.
Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through her experience which processes can help her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open herself to mission. (Courtesy of USCCB).
Archbishop Pérez explains the synod
We’re a church that listens, archbishop says as synod opens
Archbishop Nelson Pérez’s homily on the opening of the diocesan phase of the synod
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- Reaching out to Catholics who have grown estranged from the church and being in touch with one's own trauma can help dispel cynicism and mistrust of the synod.
- The synodal process is a path of engagement that makes room for the Holy Spirit, and not a "majority consensus like a parliament" to guide the church, Pope Francis said.
- As Catholics try to grasp what Pope Francis means by a "synodal church," he offered clarity in recent talks, for example learning how the Magi were not afraid to take a new path when inspired by the Holy Spirit.
- The synod process, which promotes what Pope Francis calls a "synodal church," is calling for change and change can bring fear, said a religious sister and official with the Synod of Bishops during the "Women in Synodality" conference.
- LGBTQ Catholics, "who once again felt left out," are more than welcome to participate in the discernment and discussion process leading up to the world Synod of Bishops in 2023, a synod official said, apologizing to New Ways Ministry.
- Nearly 1,000 church leaders — lay and religious — from Latin America and the Caribbean called for a more inclusive church, one that pays attention to people's realities and takes the Gospel to the peripheries of society.
- The seven-month synodal process underway in the church is meant to show that "no one is unimportant in this time of listening," said Bishop Daniel Flores of Texas. The listening must include people "who do not show up in our pews."
- Baltimore Archbishop Lori pointed to past synods held in the city where bishops dealt with immigration, liturgical and catechetical matters, relations between bishops and priests, and "the relationship of faith and culture in America."
- The current global synod underway in the church is more about the journey than the destination — like the Gospel encounter on the road to Emmaus — writes Matthew Gambino. It's a permanent countercultural trait that is beginning now.
- Bishop David M. O'Connell of Trenton invited Catholics to join Pope Francis in "walking the same road together" to help discern the church's role in the world. The diocese began the local phase of a global process of listening.