Kisumu, 08 June, 2022 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
Members of the Clergy who tap into the expertise of the Laity have been known to “progress faster” in their respective apostolates, positively contributing to the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality, a Catholic Archbishop in Kenya has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa on the sidelines of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop John Mbinda of Lodwar Diocese, Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba said that when Priests and Bishops collaborate with the lay faithful in matters of the faith community just like they are currently participating in the preparations for the 2023 Synod, boosts church progress.
“Synodality is more than just development, just financial (and) funding issues; it is about creating a family and sitting around a table where everybody is able to see each other and communicate,” Archbishop Muhatia said.
The Kenyan Archbishop explained during the June 3 interview, “Those who work closely with the laity benefit from their expertise, their skills and their resourcefulness, and are more likely to progress faster; they are more successful in their pastoral approach.”
The most critical areas that require the spirit of Synodality when Priests and Bishops can explore the expertise of the Laity include pastoral, financial, and development matters, he said, adding that members of the Clergy cannot have “knowledge of everything”.