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By Michael Haynes, Snr. Vatican Correspondent, LifeSiteNews, Jul 9, 2024

While there are no explicit calls for female deacons, as there have been in other texts, the Vatican’s new document seeks to cement synodality as the way forward for the Church.

VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has issued the working document which will guide October’s Synod on Synodality meetings, containing key themes and calls to action for reorganizing Church governance and decision making to involve lay people in a more “synodal” style.

Published July 9, the lengthy Instrumentum laboris (IL) states that at the center of the multi-year synod process “is a call to joy and to the renewal of the People of God in following the Lord and in their commitment to serving His mission,” adding that Catholics “renew our commitment to this mission today by practising synodality, which is an expression of the Church’s nature.”

The IL was compiled by a group of 20 synod “experts” and theologians, and was – among other sources – born out of the synthesis report from last October’s synod meetings, an international meeting of priests in Rome on synodality, and the various responses to a consultation document issued earlier this year received from local churches. …

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