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Pope Francis speaks at a pre-synod gathering of youth delegates at the Pontifical International Maria Mater Ecclesiae College in Rome March 19, 2018. (CNS photo/Paul Haring); right: Graphic from the Preparatory Document for the Synod 2021/2023. (Image:

By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Sept. 06, 2023

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at …

What will the bishops (and other participants) discuss at the October meeting of the Synod on Synodality? Media reports and statements by influential prelates suggest that all sorts of topics will be on the agenda: homosexuality, female deacons, climate change, ecumenism, evangelization, and more. But there’s one issue that, I suspect, will not command much attention, and it’s a very important issue indeed.

The issue that I do not hear being discussed in preparations for the Synod on Synodality is: synodality. …

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