Maputo, 19 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A section of Catholics in West Africa who have actively participated in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is advocating for the redefinition of Church values, the leadership of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has said.
Speaking during the Tuesday, January 17 virtual press conference on the progress of the Synodal Process that is in its Continental phase, RECOWA Secretary General presented reactions from Catholics in West Africa.
Fr. Vitalis Anaehobi said, “The people insisted that there is need for the Church to redefine her values and this redefinition of values in a changing world should be based on the word of God and the living tradition of the Church and not on feelings and sentiments.”
Those who participated in sessions in preparation for the Synod on Synodality “said sociological and societal pressure should not push the Church to put away the word of God and rely on human wisdom as criteria for discernment and working together in synodality,” Fr. Anaehobi added.
The Nigerian Catholic Priest who was speaking during the January 17 event that was organized by the General Secretariat of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the Communication desk of the Vatican’s General Secretariat of the Synod said Catholics in RECOWA expressed reservations about the image of the tent that was used as the opening statement of the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS).