Synod Watch: update

Austen Ivereigh gives an insider’s look at the process of producing the National Synthesis in a  The Tablet feature here. Registration on the website is required to read the article, but it is free and easy.  Pax Christi, the international Catholic nonviolent initiative, undertook their own ‘listening’ process with participants from 26 countries. The resultContinue reading “Synod Watch: update”

Across the Channel:French Synod National Synthesis

“We dream of a Church […] that is ready to move with changes in our society, freed from some of the burdens in the way it works, advancing resolutely towards unity, where people can speak freely, always attentive to the little ones and those who have been cast aside, a praying Church that trusts inContinue reading “Across the Channel:French Synod National Synthesis”

Synod National Synthesis Released

(Photo: the national synthesis team, from the CBCEW website) The Synod National Synthesis was released yesterday, on 28June 2022. Prepared by the National Synthesis team for the Bishops Conference, it reflects the Synod Reports from each of the Dioceses across England and Wales. These in turn summarised the contributions of an estimated 30000 submissions fromContinue reading “Synod National Synthesis Released”

Synod 2021-23 update

Members of the hierarchy, clergy, and laity, who have coordinated the diocesan synodal conversations in England and Wales, recently participated in a National Synod Day in Southwark Closing the day’s proceedings, Cardinal Nichols said “In this upper room, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have had a unique window on the life ofContinue reading “Synod 2021-23 update”

Synod 2021-23: “Our journey continues”

Plymouth Synod report: The Pope’s pleas for us to listen with the ear of the heart (article next page) resonates in Bishop Mark’s foreword to the Plymouth Diocese synod report. Observing that this initial “parish listening” exercise only reached some 10% of the church-going population, Bishop Mark urges us all to listen more intently: “WeContinue reading “Synod 2021-23: “Our journey continues””

“Preach the Gospel”

Pope Francis, who has been working on a new constitution for the Roman Curia with his council of Cardinals (photo above) for several years, has now issued Praedicate Evangelium,  (“Preach the Gospel”) which introduces wide-ranging and fundamental changes to the Vatican’s administration and bureaucracy. They aim to ensure that the Roman Curia, the oldest bureaucracy in theContinue reading ““Preach the Gospel””

Synod: Quo Vadimus?

The Plymouth Diocese held a pre-synodal meeting of Parish representatives last week, and is now in the process of preparing the Diocesan ‘synthesis’ to go forward for discernment by the Conference of Bishops. Guidance from the Vatican suggests that the synthesis should indicate “how the Holy Spirit’s call to the Church has been understood inContinue reading “Synod: Quo Vadimus?”

Truro’s First Synodal Event

Truro’s first ‘parish listening’ events in a synodal process triggered by the Pope, were held last week by Zoom (Tuesday) and physically (Wednesday). About two dozen parishioners from both Truro and St Mawes parishes participated in perhaps the first parish forum held in Truro in several years. We await feedback from facilitators Pat McGovern andContinue reading “Truro’s First Synodal Event”

Synod: a short overview

With Truro and no doubt other parishes around the county gearing up to start local consultations, we thought that readers might like to be reminded that the why’s and wherefore’s of the synod are contained in the Vatican’s Preparatory Document, which you can find on the official Synod website and also in our Synod resourcesContinue reading “Synod: a short overview”

“Behind the Global Synod”

Tuesday 16 November, 7pm Austen Ivereigh will deliver a talk entitled “Behind the global synod: why Pope Francis wants you to speak boldly and listen carefully.” on Tuesday 16th November at 7.00 pm. The talk, with discussion, is a free Plymouth Diocesan online event to which all are invited, in preparation for our participation inContinue reading ““Behind the Global Synod””