The Church’s upcoming synod on synodality will be a two-year process that involves meetings at the levels of dioceses and episcopal conferences, meetings and discussions among the bishops of each continent, and finally a meeting of bishops in Rome.
The process was announced while an ongoing national synod in Germany has roiled the Vatican, and set forth sharp lines of division over doctrinal disputes in the Church.
The upcoming global synodal process aims to help the Church “grow together through a concrete experience of synodality,” according to a letter sent to bishops Thursday, and obtained by The Pillar.
Calling the synodal process an “ecclesial adventure,” Cardinal Mario Grech wrote to bishops that “since we are all ‘connected,’ the contribution of everyone is precious in this process of mutual listening to the Holy Spirit.”
Grech, who heads the Vatican’s office for synods, sent May 20 a letter explaining the multi-step synodal process, which aims to discuss the idea of synodality itself — a concept Pope Francis describes as a way of discerning God’s will through a process of ecclesial conversations.
While Cardinal Grech’s letter did not explain the substantive topics expected to be discussed in the the long-anticipated Vatican synod on synodality, it did offer a detailed timeline.
The synod will open in October with Masses in Rome, and with Masses in each diocese of the Church, according to the schedule.
From October 2021 until April 2022, dioceses will be expected to conduct listening sessions, using preparatory documents, questionnaires, and guidelines provided by the Holy See.
Religious orders, Catholic universities, and “international lay movements” will also take part in that process.
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