Posts Tagged ‘Synod on synodality’

Timothy Radcliffe calls for new ministries for women in Church

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
New ministries for women

Dominican priest and theologian Timothy Radcliffe OP has urged the Church to develop new ministries, particularly for women, as a key focus for the upcoming Synod on Synodality. Lay people and “women in particular must be given a more active role in the life of the church” Radcliffe said in an interview with Ordo Praedicatorum. Read more

Pope backflips on female deacons?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
female deacons

Pope Francis seems to have changed his mind about female deacons. This week, in a CBS TV interview, he explained that ordaining women has never been on his agenda, but non-ordained female deacons could be. Female diaconate supported In February, one of Francis’ theological advisers, Sr Linda Pocher, said while the Church wasn’t considering women’s Read more

Priests embrace Vatican’s synodality mission

Monday, May 6th, 2024

Nearly 300 parish priests from around the world recently concluded a multi-day meeting near Rome where they discussed how to bring the Vatican’s message of synodality to their local communities. The gathering, which included an audience with Pope Francis, focused on fostering open dialogue and empowering individuals to take responsibility for their parishes and communities. Read more

World meeting of parish priests preparing for Synod on Synodality

Thursday, April 18th, 2024
World Meeting of Parish Priests

A world meeting of parish priests will later this month prepare for this year’s Synod on Synodality. The priests at the April 29–May 2 Rome-based meeting will reflect on the theme “How to Be a Synodal Local Church in Mission”. The invitation The synod’s General Secretariat has invited several parish priests to attend the second Read more

Women have a right to inclusive liturgy

Monday, April 15th, 2024
inclusive liturgy

There is much to ponder in the synod synthesis report, “A Synodal Church in Mission.” As I talked with my sister about the proposals, I expressed a desire to gather with women who were not in my close circle to hear their perspectives. She immediately thought of some of her friends and women in her Read more

Before tackling troublesome issues, Pope Francis insists on synodality

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

After raising expectations with his Synod on Synodality, Pope Francis is punting on a number of controversial issues that the synod process invited lay Catholics to raise. When the next session of the synod meets this October, the topics of married priests and same-sex blessings will be off the table. The possibility of women deacons Read more

Kai for our bodies, spiritual food for our souls

Monday, March 18th, 2024
spiritual food

It is late summer here we’re picking apples and bottling peaches, watering kawakawa so the leaves float and don’t droop, and harvesting lemon verbena. We’re flicking mosquitoes at dusk so they won’t bite and listening to noisy cicadas and hearty piwakawaka and spotting a ripening fig before a blackbird pecks at it. The Synod on Read more

Vatican reshuffles Synod process, pushes controversial issues to 2025

Monday, March 18th, 2024
Synod process

The Vatican has postponed discussions on contentious doctrinal, ethical and pastoral issues until June 2025. It has redirected the focus of the upcoming synod towards synodality itself. The decision comes amidst growing anticipation about key matters such as women’s access to the diaconate and LGBTQ+ inclusion within the Church. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich clarified that the Read more

French Catholics continue to reflect on themes from the Synod on synodality

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

The famed Institut Catholique in Paris (ICP) has launched a series of eight webinars aimed at discussing themes related to the Synod on Synodality, Pope Francis’s project for Church renewal and reform launched in October 2021. The 300 slots at the first of these monthly sessions, which took place this past Monday, filled up quickly. Read more

Catholic women want equality and visibility

Monday, March 11th, 2024
Catholic women

Catholic women are demanding equality and visibility while urging the Church institution to set aside its fears about change. Leadership positions within the Church are important, a pre-International Women’s Day gathering near the Vatican said. “It’s so important that the Catholic Church be engaged in this issue, not just internally but also externally given the Read more