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“1.2 What is Synodality? Background for this Synod
By convening this Synod, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission: “It is precisely this path
of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” Following in the wake of the renewal of the Church proposed by the Second
Vatican Council, this common journey together is both a gift and a task. By reflecting together on the journey that has been made so far, the diverse
members of the Church will be able to learn from one another’s experiences and perspectives, guided by the Holy Spirit (PD, 1). Enlightened by the Word
of God and united in prayer, we will be able to discern the processes to seek God’s will and pursue the pathways to which God calls us – towards deeper
communion, fuller participation, and greater openness to fulfilling our mission in the world. The International Theological Commission (ITC) describes
synodality this way: ‘Synod’ is an ancient and venerable word in the Tradition of the Church, whose meaning draws on the deepest themes of Revelation
[…] It indicates the path along which the People of God walk together. Equally, it refers to the Lord Jesus, who presents Himself as ‘the way, the truth and the
life’ (Jn 14,6), and to the fact that Christians, His followers, were originally called ‘followers of the Way’ (cf. Acts 9,2; 19,9.23; 22,4; 24,14.22).
First and foremost, synodality denotes the particular style that qualifies the life and mission of the Church, expressing her nature as the People
of God journeying together and gathering in assembly, summoned by the Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel.
Synodality ought to be expressed in the Church’s ordinary way of living and working.
In this sense, synodality enables the entire People of God to walk forward together, listening to the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, to participate in
the mission of the Church in the communion that Christ establishes between us. Ultimately, this path of walking together is the most effective way of
manifesting and putting into practice the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God (PD, 1).
The entire People of God shares a common dignity and vocation through Baptism. All of us are called in virtue of our Baptism to be active participants in
the life of the Church. In parishes, small Christian communities, lay movements, religious communities, and other forms of communion, women and men,
young people and the elderly, we are all invited to listen to one another in order to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who comes to guide our
human efforts, breathing life and vitality into the Church and leading us into deeper communion for our mission in the world. As the Church embarks on
this synodal journey, we must strive to ground ourselves in experiences of authentic listening and discernment on the path of becoming the Church that
God calls us to be.”
From the document “Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality” Full document, Citations and notes found here.
See more about the Synod at :
The Synod in The Georgia Bulletin
On the Vatican’s website (synod.va/en.html)
At ARCHATL/Synod: the archdiocesan website dedicated to the Synod