Synod officials caution bishops to put Catholics’ needs over their own agendas

by | Jan 30, 2023 | Religion

ROME (RNS) — The Vatican officials heading up the Synod on Synodality issued a stern reminder to the world’s bishops that they are called to listen to their flock, rather than jump to conclusions or impose their own agendas.“There are in fact some who presume to already know what the conclusions of the Synodal Assembly will be. Others would like to impose an agenda on the synod, with the intention of steering the discussion and determining its outcome,” said a letter released by the Vatican Monday (Jan. 30) in seven languages and signed by Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the General Secretariat for the Synod, and Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich of Luxemburg, relator general of the synod.
The letter, sent as discussions begin in the so-called “continental phase” of the Synod on Synodality, a worldwide consultation on the challenges facing the church, urged the world’s bishops to remember that it is “not the task of the assembly to address all the issues being debated in the church.”
The “sole theme that we are called to explore,” wrote the cardinals, is the theme of the synod: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, mission.”
Cardinal Jean Claude Hollerich at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The synod, which includes a consultation of Catholics around the world, began with an invitation at the parish and diocesan level for people to voice their concerns and ideas in person and online.
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