For a synodal Church
communion participation mission
Pope Francis has asked the whole Catholic Church worldwide to engage in a process of discernment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This process is called a synod. It involves everyone in the Church - clergy, religious, and lay Catholics, each participating according to the gifts and charisms of their vocation.
The word ‘synod’ comes from two Greek words ‘sun’ meaning together and ‘hodos’ meaning way. The English word synod, therefore, means making our way together, journeying together along the way, united in Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
The Synodal Process we are undertaking is guided by a fundamental question:
How does ‘journeying together’ take place today on different levels (from the local level to the universal one), allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospel? And, what steps is the Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church? (PD 2)
In our Archdiocese we have about embarking on implementation of the fruits of our recent Synod which ended in June 2021. The results as well as many resources about our own Synod journey can be accessed from the Synod 2020 website. These results will form the basis of Archbishop Malcolm's discernment in reporting to the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales.
However, Archbishop Malcolm is also inviting everyone to respond to the invitation of Pope Francis and take part in the initial diocesan listening phase of the Synod. Each local parish may wish to host a meeting, or series of meetings, where conversations about the Church’s mission in the life of the parish and the diocese can be discerned (prayerfully discussed) or you may wish to offer submissions to the diocesan Synodal process via online submissions or via post: Synod Submissions, Liverpool Archdiocesen Office, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool L17 1AA.
Further guidance and documentation can be found on the websites of the Synod Office in Rome - www.synod.va/en.html in different languages and from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales - www.cbcew.org.uk/synodal-church/
The Synod is seeking to help us all see how we might serve the Mission with which we've been entrusted in these times. A selection of questions, on the themes of Communion, Participation and Mission have been prepared and can be accessed here and via the link below.
8. AUTHORITY AND PARTICIPATION
9. DISCERNING AND DECIDING
10. FORMING OURSELVES IN SYNODALITY