Cardinal Michael Czerny made his assessment one day after Synod delegates were presented with a theologian’s sweeping vision for the hierarchical Church.
“If there is a person living in sin and we tell this person, ‘Everything is all right with you, it’s OK, go ahead,’ we do harm,” the prelate said.
The next stage of the Synod on Synodality opened Wednesday with a call to focus on authority, decentralization, and the co-responsibility of the laity.
“As a woman, I’m not focused at all on the fact that I’m not a priest,” Renée Köhler-Ryan said at a press briefing Oct. 17.
Archbishop José Miguel Gómez Rodríguez, the archbishop of Manizales in Colombia, shares his experience at the Synod of Synodality.
The Vatican confirmed that the bishops from the People’s Republic of China are leaving ahead of the event’s conclusion.
The decision was communicated Saturday by Paolo Ruffini, president of the Synod’s communication commission, at a press briefing earlier today.
Sister Maria de los Dolores Valencia Gomez, a Sister of St. Joseph, spoke at a press briefing about the participation of women in the ongoing Synod of Synodality and what it might mean for the future.
“If we have the courage to look at our current reality as a Church, it won’t be hard to see how the Evil One is at work, ” Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu, the Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who doubles as the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has said.
The past week risked being overshadowed by a letter about the German Synodal Way shared with Synod participants by Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg.
The Synod's relator general stressed, "The purpose of the mission is precisely to extend the scope of communion, enabling more and more people to meet the Lord and accept his call to be part of his people.”
Hundreds of delegates took a break from their discussions of synodality to visit the catacombs of St. Sebastian and St. Callistus located on Rome’s ancient Appian Way on Oct. 12.
Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.”
Spokesman Paolo Ruffini told the media that while some have asked for further discernment on the Church’s teaching, others said there’s no need for it.
Like the synod assembly participants, the lunch guests were asked “what they expect from the Church,” Paolo Ruffini told journalists Oct. 11.
Synod on Synodality delegates elected this week the members of a commission who will supervise the drafting of a “synthesis report.”
“All are invited to be part of the Church,” Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said at the start of the Oct. 9 general congregation.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has called on the synod to discuss sexual abuse this month.
Concerns linger about the potential for pressure groups to sway the synod’s course.