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By Hans Feichtinger, First Things, 4 . 26 . 22

Msgr. Hans Feichtinger is the pastor of St. George’s Parish and St. Albertus’s Parish in Ottawa.

Ever so slowly, the “Synod on Synodality” is beginning. A preparatory process of “listening and dialogue” in parishes and dioceses throughout the Catholic world has been underway since October 2021; in the next stage of the synod, reports from this preparatory process will be synthesized at national meetings. These will be followed by continental synodal gatherings. The synod will culminate in an international assembly of bishop delegates in October 2023. This Roman project is certainly more promising than the German “Synodal Way.” Yet even cardinals and others close to the pope are beginning to realize that many in the Church, laity and clergy alike, lack true synodal enthusiasm. …

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