Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: The Holy Spirit and the Synod on Synodality

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By Father Raymond J. de Souza, EWTN News, September 14, 2023

Father Raymond J. de Souza Father Raymond J. de Souza is the founding editor of Convivium magazine.


COMMENTARY: To insist that the Holy Spirit is always present in synodal structures or in this synodal process is a case that has to be made, not simply asserted

The synodal process on synodality for a synodal Church is just weeks away from the first phase of its planetary stage. Phase 1 will take place beginning Oct. 4 in Rome, with Phase 2 set for October 2024. The local, diocesan, national and continental stages have been concluded. More than two years into the greatest talking shop in the history of Christianity, some oddly undermining things are now being said — and by the greatest proponents of the synodal process themselves.

Consider just three voices — the Holy Father himself, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Jesuit Father James Martin. The latter two were appointed by Pope Francis as voting members of the synod. Cardinal Cupich was not elected as a member by his brother bishops in the United States. …

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