Toned-down synod document backs female leadership, but not as deacons

by | Jul 9, 2024 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The agenda for the next round of the Synod on Synodality, scheduled for Oct. 4-27 in Rome, will focus on female leadership and the inclusion of women in the Catholic Church, according to a document released Tuesday (July 9) by the Vatican.The “Instrumentum Laboris,” or “working document,” is an initial plan for the second and final stage of the synod that Pope Francis called in 2021 with the aim of promoting dialogue in the church and beginning with months of listening sessions at the parish and diocesan levels. Among the most mentioned concerns were LGBTQ acceptance, combating sexual abuse, fighting poverty and violence, and women’s roles in the church.
“The contributions received at all stages highlighted the need to give fuller recognition to the charisms, vocation and role of women, to better honor this reciprocity of relations in all spheres of the Church’s life,” Tuesday’s document stated.
After last October’s synod meeting, bishops and lay representatives met to produce a report on the synod that was sent to local churches for feedback and reflection. Male and female religious organizations, 108 national bishops’ conferences as well as nine participating Eastern rite churches then sent their reflections back to the Vatican’s synod office. …

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“The contributions received at all stages highlighted the need to give fuller recognition to the charisms, vocation and role of women, to better honor this reciprocity of relations in all spheres of the Church’s life,” Tuesday’s document stated.
After last October’s synod meeting, bishops and lay representatives met to produce a report on the synod that was sent to local churches for feedback and reflection. Male and female religious organizations, 108 national bishops’ conferences as well as nine participating Eastern rite churches then sent their reflections back to the Vatican’s synod office. …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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