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#newsletter n.20 – 10/2022 – Available also in FR – PT – ES – ITShareTweetForwardShareGood morning everyone!

The week just gone was marked by the publication of the Working Document for the Continental Stage. In order for “this stage to be organic to the synodal process, it is necessary” as Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod, emphasised at its presentation during the press conference (27 October 2022) “that the Continental Assemblies also be bound to the circular dynamic of prophecy-discernment. This can only happen by returning the Document to the subject of prophecy, that is, to the People of God living in the particular Churches.” It is now up to each one of us to enlarge the space of the Tent, that is, to continue the work of listening, dialogue and discernment in this Continental Stage.

The document, available on our website in various languages, was sent to all the bishops of the world so that they could organise synodal moments of reading and discussion. “The choice does not respond to an organisational criterion, but to a synodal principle: by sending the Document to the Bishops in the particular Churches, we return to the People of God the fruits of the process begun by the consultation in the particular Churches,” said the Secretary General of the Synod. “If, in fact, we can recognise what the Spirit is speaking to the Church by listening to the People of God, to that People living in the Churches we must return this Document. The Bishops will be asked to listen “at least” to the synodal commissions and participation bodies. But it would be nice for each Church to read the Document with a broad involvement of the People of God”.

It is also up to you to take the initiative, always communally and always informing the diocesan ordinary, e.g. trying to verify whether and to what extent the discernment previously carried out is recognised in the Document. According to the indications given by Cardinal Grech, “possible observations on the Document can be sent by the individual Churches to the Bishops’ Conferences, which can in turn produce a more organic synthesis for the continental stage, which will contribute to the discernment of the continental Assembly”. It is therefore important that those who wish to contribute to the synodal conversion of the Church, do so through their own bishop, as “the principle and foundation of unity in their Churches” (LG 23).

Also at the international level, there is no shortage of synodal initiatives, such as the one tomorrow, 1 November, during which Pope Francis will dialogue with a group of students from African universities broadcast live online; the international symposium on synodality in the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches that will take place at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) on 2-5 and 23-26 November 2022, at the initiative of the Pro Oriente Foundation (Vienna) and the Angelicum Institute for Ecumenical Studies; the one promoted by the UISG-USG (the respective Unions of Superiors General and Superiors General) to present the Continental Stage on 2 November; or the webinars organised by the International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC) with the theologian Gilles Routhier, a member of the Theological Commission of the General Secretariat of the Synod starting on 3 November.

Happy All Saints’ Day!

Thierry Bonaventura
Communication Manager

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  1. Gina Menzies says:

    This recent document headed with the Isiah 54 quotation “Enlarge your tent” is in deed heartening. In keeping with the insights of Vatican II, the People of God is frequently referenced and a clear recognition that the “Sensus Fidei” is alive. “Radical Inclusion” is a direct and welcome interpretation of Gospel values: a Christian community which reaches out to all, just like Jesus taught us.

  2. Joe O'Leary says:

    Long life to Pope Francis and may the culture of synodality take deep and wide root in the church. The horrendous mistake of Homosexualitatis problema (the constantly cited document of 1986 still proudly — or now perhaps sheepishly — displayed on the Vatican website 36 years later) gives aid and comfort to a vast army of Catholic homophobes worldwide, as we see in the social media support for the ranting priest in Listowel. Ironically, much of this support is from ex-Catholics and nonbelievers eager to rub the church’s nose in its own teachings. ‘Bravo, Father, for teaching what the church teaches. Those who don’t like it should leave.’

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