CBCP president underlines Church’s “equality in dignity” as Synod’s objective

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David shared his thoughts on the ongoing Synod on Synodality at the Vatican where he and two other Filipino Church leaders are working with selected clergy members and lay faithful in several discussions to become “a more synodal Church”.

In a report by Radio Veritas on October 19, Bishop David said that he was “pleasantly surprised” about the equality within the participants who are striving to fulfill their mission in the synod.

“[W]hen I came to this Synod, I was pleasantly surprised to find round tables when we were all equal. And I think this particular synod is insistent on that… our equality in dignity no matter if you are a cardinal or archbishop or whoever we are all basically a community of disciples –equal in baptism. And I think this Synod is conscious that before we insist on the differentiation of ministries, we have to emphasize first our equality and dignity as fellow baptized,” he stressed.

The leader of the Diocese of Kalookan also talked about “co-responsibility in mission”, emphasizing one of the very objectives of the Synod.

“[N]ormally, when we speak about mission, we think about missionary congregation, religious people sent abroad for a mission, but now we are realizing that the whole Church is called to mission and that is really the objective of this synod,” he pointed out.

Veritas also reported that the CBCP president considered Filipino migrant workers as “missionaries of the faith” as they bring enthusiasm in countries with either little Christian population or small number of churchgoers.

Bishop David is with Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula and CBCP vice president and Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara for the first cycle of the Synod which is taking place until October 29. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)


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