Synodality

Synodality

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)

 

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 …

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Synodality

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

‘Culture of Superiority’ hinders synodality in Church, says Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality …

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Synodality

“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP head asks prayers for the success of the Synod on Synodality

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Synodality

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)

 

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 …

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Synodality

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

‘Culture of Superiority’ hinders synodality in Church, says Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality …

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Synodality

“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

“A religious moment”: Pope shares vision of the upcoming synod on synodality “

“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.” This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming …

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Synodality

The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

Vatican announces Synod’s full list of participants

The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the …

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Synodality

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP head asks prayers for the success of the Synod on Synodality

The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024. In his homily …

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Synodality

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)

 

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 …

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Synodality

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

‘Culture of Superiority’ hinders synodality in Church, says Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality …

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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Synodality

“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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)

 

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 …

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Synodality

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

‘Culture of Superiority’ hinders synodality in Church, says Cardinal Tagle

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Synodality

“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the …

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Synodality

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

CBCP head asks prayers for the success of the Synod on Synodality

The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024. In his homily …

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Synodality

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)

 

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

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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)

 

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

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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the synod should “not be like a television show”, rather, a “dialogue between the baptized, who in the name of the Church, [discuss] the life of the Church, [and] dialogue with the world on the problems that affect humanity today.”

“Without this spirit of prayer, there is no synodality… There is one thing that we have to keep — ‘the synodal atmosphere,’” he stressed.

The Pope, according to CNA, said that at the root of these types of ideas about synodality, one always finds “ideologies,” adding that it is ideologies that are responsible for dividing the faithful.

He also explained that while the discussions within the synod will be inaccessible to journalists, it will be “very open” as the Commission on Information headed by Vatican Dicastery for Communications prefect and layman Paolo Ruffini “will make press releases on how the proceedings of the synod are going” and “provide information on the progress of the synod.”

“In the synod, the religiosity and the loyalty of the people who speak must be guarded, and this is why there is the commission led by Ruffini,” hesaid.

The Holy Father advised journalists that all news related to the synod to be transmitted by the Commission should not be read as “political chatter” as he underlined that the protagonist of the synod is the Holy Spirit.

The first assembly of the Synod on Synodality will take place from October 4 to 29 in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, while the next session will be held in October 2024. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Vatican News)

 

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The Vatican published the complete list of participants for the October Synod on Synodality. About a third of the 364 voting delegates for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were chosen by Pope Francis.

According to CBCP News, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, a former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich were selected by Pope Francis. Father James Martin, an American Jesuit known for his LGBTQ outreach efforts, was also selected.

In a revolutionary move, lay people will have complete membership status and voting rights to influence the final document, which is due in October 2024. Cardinals Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C., Paul Etienne of Seattle, Sean O’Malley of Boston, and Robert McElroy of San Diego were among the 120 delegates chosen by Pope Francis.

Also elected to the synod assembly were Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan of New York, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Robert Barron of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the US bishops’ conference.

Throughout the month-long Vatican assembly, participants will discuss crucial topics from the recently released Instrumentum laboris. Among these topics are women deacons, clerical celibacy, LGBTQ outreach, and new institutional organizations to involve the devout in decision-making.

In the 50-page paper, a “synodal method” of spirituality emphasizes listening to the Holy Spirit and recognizing contemporary signs. It also necessitates that new formation programs provide prospective consecrated ministers with a “synodal style and mentality.”

The assembly was attended by the president of the DBK, Bishop Georg Batzing of Limburg, Bishop Franz-Joseph Overbeck of Essen, and Bishop Bertram Johannes Meier of Augsburg. Also appointed by Pope Francis were Münster Bishop Felix Genn and Passau Bishop Stefan Oster, who obstructed funding for the contentious German synodal reform process.

Sister Xiskya Valladares, known as the “tweeting nun” due to her social media activity, is one of more than 50 women who hold voting rights in the synod assembly. Sister Valladares, a Spanish scholar and journalist, co-founded iMission to promote the Church’s digital outreach.

As lay delegates, Pope Francis selected Cynthia Bailey Manns, director of adult education at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Wyatt Olivas, a young adult musician from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Enrique Alarcón Garcia, president of the Spanish Christian Fraternity of Persons with Disabilities, is a European laity delegate.

Pope-designated Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Luis Ladaria Ferrer, SJ, and scar Rodrguez Maradiaga will also be present. Joining them will be Cardinal Charles Muang Bo of Yangon, Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong, and Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark will automatically become a member of the synod council, while Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Farrell will serve as a delegate for the Roman Curia.

Sister Elizabeth Mary Davis and Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa will also attend.

Father Timothy Radcliffe, a prominent British theologian, holds the nonvoting position of spiritual assistant for the Synod on Synodality. Before the assembly, Father Radcliffe, who commanded the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001, will lead a three-day retreat for all synod delegates.

Pope Francis divided the general assembly into October 2023 and October 2024 sessions. Cardinal Mario Grech, director of the synod secretariat at the Vatican, stated that the conclusions will not be reached until the second session of 2024. After the first session of this year, synod leadership will propose interim activities.

The important Synod on Synodality of the Catholic Church convened in October 2021. In 2024, the synod assembly will deliberate on a recommended final document for Pope Francis. To cement the synod’s results, the pontiff could declare the document a papal text or write his own conclusion.

Pope Francis states, “The current synod is—and should be—a journey in accordance with the Holy Spirit, not a parliament for demanding rights and claiming needs in accordance with the agenda of the world, nor an opportunity to follow wherever the wind blows, but an occasion to be submissive to the Holy Spirit’s breath.”

Jonathan Liedl of the National Catholic Register, Andrea Gagliarducci of CNA, AC Wimmer of CNA Deutsch, Rudolf Gehl of EWTN Rome, and Rachel Thomas wrote this report. (By Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | Photo from CBCP News)

 

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The head of the country’s bishops urged the faithful for prayers as they gather for the Synod of Synodality, taking place in October 2023 and October 2024.

In his homily for the Marian Moment of Prayer for the Synod on Synodality at the International Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo on May 31, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David called on everyone to seriously pray for all the bishops convening as a synod that it would become “a new Pentecost for the Universal Church”.

“We pray, therefore, that the coming synod may become an opportunity for genuine renewal among our laity, religious and ordained ministers, so that we can grow together in greater synodality into a more participatory Church,” Bishop David said.

He also elaborated the synod’s central theme: “Communion, Participation and Mission” which isalso the very purpose of the upcoming series of bishops’ synod.

“Discipleship is about becoming followers of Christ. Apostleship is about being sent to represent Christ in the world. We are not yet really an “apostolic church” until we have become a community of disciples in mission. And this is the objective of the coming Synod on Synodality. For Pope Francis, becoming Church is practically the same as becoming “Synodal”— which he summarizes in the three principles of: communion, participation, and mission,” he emphasized.

Summarizing it into a slogan, the bishop of the Diocese of Kalookan also described this event as a way for all Christians to become “blessed to be a blessing”.

“Dear brothers and sisters, we have no other blessing to share to the world except the blessing that we ourselves have received – Jesus Christ, in whose life and mission we have been called to participate. We cannot bring Christ to the world unless we are united with him, unless we remain in him like branches to a vine,” he stressed.

Bishop David led the simultaneous prayer for the Synod on Synodality together with the bishops, rectors and respective pastoral members of the 25 Marian minor basilicas and national shrines all over the Philippines.

Entitled “With the Blessed Virgin Mary towards the Synodal Assembly”, this activity was a response to the call of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the request of Pope Francis “to celebrate a day of Marian prayer to place the work of the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops under the protection of Our Lady.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC)

 

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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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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization, spoke to a group of Filipino bishops about how a “culture of superiority” is a big problem for synodality in the church.

In a news post on CBCP website, Cardinal Tagle said during a five-day course on servant leadership and pastoral management at the Caritas Philippines Academy that this way of thinking had to change if the Church wanted to promote synodality and brotherly unity.

“One thing that gets in the way of synodality and brotherly cooperation is a sense of cultural superiority, which leads to prejudice against the others.”

He asked the bishops to think about how culture works in their seminaries. He made sure to point out that some lay leaders had also come to think this way.

“Ordained people, please pay attention to the culture in your seminaries,” he said. “Instead of preparing them for a ministry, they are preparing them to take on a rank.”

Cardinal Tagle stressed how important humility is in service and in getting along with others. He added that to walk like God does, which is with humility and cooperation with others, even when they are flawed or weak.

“This is how God walks: with humility and help from others, even if they aren’t the best or most perfect or even if they are weak. Cardinal Tagle said, “He walks with them, he leads them, and he even learns from them,” he said.

“Synodality, for me, is only possible if we walk humbly with God,” he added.

Also, the Cardinal talked about how important it is for freedom to help real brotherhood and synodality grow. He said that it wasn’t freedom itself that got in the way of these goals, but “mentalities, attitudes, and wrong values” that made it hard for people to love, respect, and work with each other.

Cardinal Tagle said that spiritual discernment was about helping people see their own and other people’s barriers to freedom, which he defined as the freedom to love, serve, and walk together.

The Cardinal’s words showed how important it is for the church to change its culture so that people are more willing to work together and be humble. This is important for synodality and brotherly cooperation to work. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer – San Felipe Neri Parish | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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“There is no place for ideology, but there is room for dialogue, for an exchange between brothers and sisters.”

This was what Pope Francis emphasized as he expected the upcoming Synod on Synodality next month as a pure “religious moment”.

In a report by the Catholic News Agency on September 5, the Holy Father was peppered with multiple questions by journalists during an in-flight press conference aboard the papal plane back to Rome from his successful apostolic visit in Mongolia.

The Pope pointed out that the syno