Outcome of First Phase of the Synod on Synodality Generates Concerns in Europe, by Solène Tadié

Mazie Hirono Issues “Call to Arms” for Violence Against Pro-Life Americans, by Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger
September 15, 2022
Notre Dame Requires Gender Ideology Training Session, by Ellie Gardey
September 15, 2022

A slide shown during a meeting of the European Bishops’ Conferences entitled, “The Church in Europe on the Synodal Path” held at the headquarters of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference. (photo: Courtesy photo / CCEE)

Open letters and articles, challenging the lack of representativeness of the national documents sent to Rome at the end of the diocesan consultations of the synodal process, are circulating in Europe.

Solène TadiéThe close of the first consultative phase of the 2023 Synod on Synodality on Aug. 15 has generated protests from a number of Catholic faithful and leaders in Europe, who assert that their views were not taken into consideration during this initial round of synodal discussions.

Initiated last fall, the so-called “diocesan phase” laid the groundwork for the rest of the two-year process that will culminate in the Synod of Bishops in October 2023. It consisted of popular consultations conducted by dioceses around the world, resulting in the assembly of national syntheses sent to Rome during the summer of 2022. …