Posts Tagged ‘2023 Synod of Bishops’

Catholic Church ‘judgemental and condemning’

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Many laity have expressed the view that the Catholic Church appears to be ‘judgemental and condemning’. They also conveyed a strong sense that the Church must be ‘there for all.’ The feedback has come from a synthesis of reports from the dioceses of England and Wales in a “listening” process that is part of the Read more

The value of open and transparent processes

Monday, May 9th, 2022
vocations sunday

There is an old joke about the civil servant who was put in charge of implementing the government’s new policy on “freedom of information”. When asked by a journalist how the new freedom of information policy was playing out, he replied: “I’m afraid I cannot comment: that matter is classified!” It may be an apocryphal Read more

First US diocesan synod results made public

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Key findings cited in the first US diocesan synod report available for public consumption highlight a strong desire from parishioners for the church to better reach out to the marginalised, be more transparent, be more consistent in moral teaching, and focus on the “critical” need to re-engage youth and young adults in the faith. The Read more

Holy Spirit desperately needed for Synod success

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

I have been on this planet now for almost 80 years. I grew up in a 50/50 Catholic family but lost the Catholic half when I was 10. This was largely compensated for by spending seven years at boarding school, both nuns and priests being my mentors. This is something for which I will be Read more

Vatican mum on whether women can vote in 2023 synod

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Pope appointed woman to Synod

Vatican officials are not saying whether women can vote in the 2023 synod of bishops on concrete proposals about the future of the Catholic Church. By 2023 the two-year synodal path process Pope Francis will formally open next month will be complete. For years, women, including nuns, have pressed to be able to vote at Read more

Vatican issues dioceses with synodal path guidelines

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

The Vatican has issued the world’s Catholic dioceses with synodal path guidelines as they prepare for the 2023 Synod of Bishops. The preparatory document and a “handbook” for dioceses focuses on the theme, ‘For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission’. “Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive Read more