The contribution of the people of God in Africa “can bring a solid contribution to the whole church,” the Maltese-born Cardinal said during the SECAM webinar, and appealed, “Please try to do your best to involve the particular churches in every Diocese, every parish and every community to participate.”
“We cannot permit to miss such great gifts that the Holy Spirit has really enriched the Church in Africa,” Cardinal Grech said, reiterating the need to get all the people of God involved in the synodal process.
The Catholic Church leader who was appointed Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops in September 2020 continued, “If all participate in the consultation in the particular churches, sharing the experience of listening to each other, not only will all the people of God have been consulted but all will learn from each other.”
In a statement announcing the webinar that was organized under the theme, “The Church in Africa on the Synodal Path: Living Synodality in Local Churches,” SECAM leadership says the focus of the synodal process “is on how the Holy Spirit is inviting local Churches to journey together.”
“The People of God are being invited to embrace the spirit of dialogue, participation, and co-responsibility so as to discern together how God is calling the Church to be in the third millennium,” SECAM officials say in the three-page statement that included the program of the webinar shared with ACI Africa ahead of the March 30 session.
Reflecting on the focus of the Synod on Synodality during the webinar, Cardinal Grech said, “In this Synod, we are not invited to find a solution for the various difficulties and challenges that we encounter in our pastoral and social experience.”
He explained in reference to the theme of the Synod, “A synodal Church, communion participation and the mission means what the spirit is asking from us all to have a more synodal Church so that we can all implement a synodal style in our Parishes, Dioceses and communities.”
“This synod offers the opportunity for the local churches to voice their concerns. It is a time to let everybody, the liberal and the conservative to speak frankly, openly and air their concerns,” the 65-year-old Catholic Church leader who was elevated to Cardinal in November 2020 said.
The synodal process, he continued, “is really a privileged time and space in which the inner voice of the Church is allowed to speak; a time and space in which the Holy Spirit is allowed to speak through the different organs of the Church.”
The member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity further said, “It is time for the polyphony that constitutes the Church to be played and please don't be surprised if there are some false doubts along the way.”