Dakar, 01 April, 2022 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of the National Laity Council (CNL) in Senegal has cautioned the people of God against using the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality as forums for settling scores.
Dr. Philippe Abraham Birane Tine who was speaking at the Wednesday, March 30 webinar, which the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) organized described the ongoing synodal process as a “forum for dialogue” in love.
“The Synod is not a forum for settling scores, because many people may think very quickly that it is necessary to put debates and to settle scores between Priests, Religious,” said Dr. Tine who also serves as the Secretary General of the Regional Council of the Laity of West Africa.
The synodal process, he said, is “a forum for dialogue in truth, but above all in charity, because it is only at this price that we will be able to take up the real challenges, because the Church, as it has been recalled, has always been synodal, therefore it is a place of dialogue.”
“If we think that synodality is just words, just concepts, we risk wasting time; we will talk, there will be many webinars, there will be colloquiums but nothing will advance and of course, by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit, we will be able to build a strong church, a standing church, because our world needs this church, facing the multiple crises,” he said.