Asked about the synod assembly’s discussion of homosexuality, Pope Francis said: “When I say ‘everyone, everyone, everyone,’ [I’m speaking about] people.”
Now that the October 4-29 Synod on Synodality meeting in Rome has drawn to a close, all eyes are on the final report emanating from the month-long ecclesiastical gathering.
Much remains unclear about what concretely will take place in the year leading up to the second and final Synod on Synodality assembly in October 2024.
The document, the synthesis of the assembly’s work from Oct. 4-29, proposes a “Synodal Church” that implements synodality throughout Church governance, theology, mission, and discernment of doctrine and pastoral issues.
As the final week of this year's gathering unfolds amid contentious discussions, anticipation is rising for the publication of the Synod on Synodality’s summary report.
A summary report of this month’s synodal assembly in Rome is nearing finalization — with both anticipation and apprehension mounting over what the critical document might contain.
Wyatt Olivas, 19, approached Pope Francis to ask if the pontiff would sign a letter requesting a few days of rest after the Synod before Olives heads back to classes at the University of Wyoming.
Pope Francis denounced clericalism and called it a “scandal” to see young priests buying lace vestments at tailor shops in a strongly-worded speech.
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki said Thursday one difficulty of synodality lies in distinguishing pastoral practice — which can be adapted — from Church doctrine.
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, the primatial archbishop of Mexico, downplayed the issues that have generated some controversy during the Synod on Synodality.
“This is not about ideology but about an experience rooted in the apostolic tradition,” says the letter inviting the faithful to play a larger role in“the discernment and decision-making” of the Church.
The letter, expected to arrive Oct. 28, will serve as a compass, signaling the direction of a continuing synodal journey.
“These 11 months will be like a pregnancy,” Father Timothy Radcliffe told the synod delegates. “We, my brothers and sisters, are pregnant with new life.”
Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo described the Synod of Synodality as “a long march of hope for all humanity” during a Mass on Monday.
Tradition “was a major point of discussion at the Second Vatican Council,” Father Ormond Rush said Monday.
Bishop Overbeck cites Germany's "post-secular" context amid Synod's discussions on "decentralization."
“We’ve got to be careful about blaming everything — all our opinions, our interests, lobbies, and factions — putting all that on the Holy Spirit,” he said.
The archbishop of Durango, Mexico, Faustino Armendáriz, commented that “it’s a challenge to seek the will of God” at the Synod on Synodality.
The process has been driven by what the Synod on Synodality calls “active listening and speaking from the heart.”
Cardinal Michael Czerny made his assessment one day after Synod delegates were presented with a theologian’s sweeping vision for the hierarchical Church.