At the moment in church circles the great buzzwords are "Synodality" and "Synod". But for the vast majority of Catholics it is not something they are overly familiar with but which could have massive impact on us as a faith community.
On this weeks podcast, the C&SI team have part four of a four part series looking at what it all means, what has been happening and what is next. We speak to Julianne Moran and Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon about the global synthesis documents “Enlarge the Space of your Tent” and the European continental meeting held at Prague about that document and the next steps in the global process.
Synod on Synodality
In October 2021 Pope Francis formally launched the two-year global consultation process leading to the 2023 synod (and now the 2024 synod) on synodality which focuses on the theme, “For a Synodal Church, Communion, Participation and Mission". Pope Francis has called for the widest and deepest consultation globally, inviting each person to “look others in the eye and listen to what they have to say.”
Each diocese in Ireland engaged in this process of listening and consultation and submissions from each diocese were returned to the Episcopal conference which in turn was forwarded as the response of the Irish Church to the Holy See. After the submission of synthesis documents from 112 episcopal conferences around the world to the Holy See, a summary document “Enlarge the Space of your Tent” was produced to distil the responses. In February 2023, a European continental review and reflection of that document was held at Prague and we speak to Julianne Moran and Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon to discuss and share the Irish contribution to the review and discernment.
C&SI - Synod on Synodality Series