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Today’s announcement of a three-year process for the upcoming synod on synodality appears to reflect the ideas of the Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who viewed synodality as a vehicle for questioning Church teaching.

Edward PentinThe Vatican’s announcement today that Pope Francis has changed his plans for the next Synod of Bishops and made it into a multi-phase process over three years comes closer to fulfilling a “dream” of the late progressive Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini.

The former cardinal archbishop of Milan, a favorite of those pushing for heterodox reforms in the Church, had envisioned a permanent synodal Church in which the idea of collegial governance introduced at the Second Vatican Council could be better realized.

The Jesuit biblical scholar, who died in 2012, “had a dream” in 1999 of a Church capable of being in a permanent synodal state, with a “collegial and authoritative exchange among all the bishops on some key issues.” …

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