Posts Tagged ‘Synodality’

New working document points the way for October synod

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
working document

I confess I fell asleep several times reading the new working document for the Synod on Synodality, which will have its second session this October. The agenda The working document, or Instrumentum Laboris as it is officially known, sets the agenda for the next iteration of the synod. The first convening occurred last October after Read more

Eucharistic revival and synodality

Monday, July 15th, 2024
Eucharistic Revival

When Pope Francis called for a worldwide consultation of lay Catholics about their concerns as part of the Synod on Synodality, U.S. bishops responded less than enthusiastically. Instead, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops put its time, effort and money into a national programme called the Eucharistic Revival. Eucharistic Revival It was not impossible to Read more

A synodal Church is a consultative Church

Thursday, July 4th, 2024
Synodal church

The final round of the World Synod will convene in Rome in October this year. Bishops, priests, and laypeople will vote on new consultation and decision-making processes in the Catholic Church. The working paper, Instrumentum Laboris, is the crucial guideline for this process and is expected to be available soon. The Synod Secretariat announced at Read more

Vatican hints at far-reaching document on the papacy

Thursday, June 13th, 2024

The Vatican press office says a document it is releasing about the papacy could have far-reaching consequences for relations between Christian churches. They say the hot-off-the-press document will be released sometime today, New Zealand time. The document Entitled “The Bishop of Rome – Primacy and Synodality in Ecumenical Discussions and Responses to the Encyclical Ut Read more

Letter from the Holy Father to the Parish Priests

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
Papal letter

Dear Brother Priests, The International Meeting “Parish Priests for the Synod”, and the dialogue with all of you who have taken part, provide me with the opportunity to pray for the parish priests the world over. To all of you, I address these words with great affection. It is so obvious as to sound almost Read more

Pope demonstrates synodality in meetings with priests

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

Grassroots synodality needs priests to inform it. Pope Francis knows this. He wants more synodality in the universal church. He wants clericalism replaced with pastoral care and equality, a article says. That has led the Pope to rethink his ways too. Francis has decided not to admonish or exhort priests any more. Those aren’t Read more

A ‘Theology of Love’ needed to navigate modern challenges

Monday, May 13th, 2024
Theology of Love

In a recent address to members of the International Network for Societies for Catholic Theology (INSeCT), Pope Francis stressed the necessity for theologians to engage with the contemporary world and the importance of a ‘theology of love’ and wisdom. In his prepared text, Pope Francis told group members that theology is “a significant and necessary 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

Love driven Church reform is beyond the documents

Thursday, May 2nd, 2024
Love driven synodal reform

The synodal process within the Catholic Church demands a profound call to love that resonates at the very heart of Synodal discussions and decisions. This period of reflection and dialogue, aimed at rejuvenating and reforming the Church, must fundamentally be rooted in love. Central to this journey is the challenge to embody the greatest commandment—love. Read more

Can you be a feminist and a Catholic? A theologian argues it’s harder than ever.

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Women are leaving the Catholic Church at an alarming rate, many citing “irreconcilable differences.” In a world waking up to the reality of sexism and sex abuse at every level of seemingly every institution, the church’s slowness to adapt and engage with feminist demands has weakened its hold, with some women leaving the faith altogether. Read more