Q: Archbishop J, how do we transform a ‘deliberative assembly’ into a ‘discerning assembly’? A ‘deliberative assembly’ and a ‘discerning assembly’ share several things in common. But their core, heart and processes are fundamentally different. To recap: in Synods 2003, 2005 and 2009, we used the model of a deliberative assembly. ‘Roberts’ Rules’ gave structure
By Fr Donald Chambers Pope Francis has invited all parishes, small Christian communities, lay movements, religious communities, and other forms of communion to embark on a journey of listening to one another to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. This journeying together is called a synod, and the theme guiding it is For a
What is the role of synodality in the mission of the Church?
Q: Archbishop J, what is the role of synodality in the mission of the Church? October is mission month. We are invited again to reflect upon the Church and its mission. To do this reflection adequately, we need to rethink how we understand the word ‘mission’. We are accustomed to identifying the mission of an
Q: Archbishop J, why synodality? Synodality speaks about a way of being Church, where its members walk together, where its leaders listen to all the faithful, as it discerns God’s will for its future. This is a humble Church that puts God’s will above all other criteria in decision-making, one in which the little and
Communion, participation, mission—the new ‘S’ word
Q: Archbishop Jason, why is the Church speaking synod again? Shortly after I was installed as Archbishop, a good Catholic said to me: “Archbishop, I hope you are not going to start using the ‘S’ word again”? I was perplexed at the comment. Then I learnt that the ‘S’ word was synod. For some people