The Synod is moving forward!

The Catholic Bishops Conference of France (CEF) recently held an extraordinary plenary assembly in the city of Lyon that was dedicated to the Synod on Synodality.

Jun 24, 2022

A file photo of the French bishops attending their Plenary Assembly in 2021. (LCI photo)


By Dominique Greiner
The Catholic Bishops Conference of France (CEF) recently held an extraordinary plenary assembly in the city of Lyon that was dedicated to the Synod on Synodality.

Catholics representing the different states of life in the Church (lay, ordained, and consecrated) were invited to the two-day meeting and were able to attend all the working sessions of this assembly.

This was a first and it illustrated how the great consultation on the future of the Church — which Pope Francis launched in October 2021 and which will culminate in Rome in October 2023 — is moving the lines.

The opening of the plenary assembly was already in itself a response to the demand expressed by many of the faithful to be more involved in ecclesial discernment.

Some people may feel that things are moving too slowly. It is true that expectations are high on various issues: the place of women in the institution, governance, attention to the poorest, the liturgy, and so forth.

But as far as synodality is concerned, the Catholic Church is still in a learning phase. Its members are still learning to dialogue, to value each other, to recognise their respective charisms, and to discern together.

Indeed, none of this happens spontaneously. Therefore, it is necessary to invent spaces for dialogue and doing things, as well as new ways of meeting, debating, and making decisions.

It is then necessary for the processes to become established and for habits to settle in until discussion between the various components of the People of God becomes selfevident.

It is on this criterion that the success of the synodal process can be judged. And for that, patience is still needed. -- LCI (https://international.lacroix. com/)

(Dominique Greiner, is a senior editor at La Croix, as well as a moral theologian and Assumptionist priest.)

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