Cardinal Grech, the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, reminds us that synodality was the form and style of the early Church, and that the Vatican II Council wanted us to recover that model of the Church, without renouncing any of the great advances of the Church in the second millennium. The focus of this Synod is to continue and further the Tradition of our Church in that regard.
The Cardinal notes that “to create a synod one must be a synod!” and therefore the process is starting now in dioceses and parishes everywhere. To help kickstart this process here, the Bishops of England and Wales have produced a statement and guide to the forthcoming Synod of Bishops, which can be found here. So, more on this in our own Diocese soon!