Vatican extends initial listening phase for Synod of Bishops

The initial local consultation phase of the Synod of Bishops has been extended from April to August 2022 (CNS/Synod of Bishops)

The Vatican has extended the diocesan consultation phase for the 2023 Synod of Bishops by more than three months to ensure all Catholics have an opportunity to take part in the synod’s initial process. Source: NCR Online.

Pope Francis officially opened the process on October 10 and bishops were to do the same in their dioceses a week later, opening a six-month period of prayer and discussion with the aim of involving any Catholic who wanted to participate as well as reaching out to non-practising Catholics and the Church’s ecumenical partners.

“During this period, we have heard, over and over again and from many quarters, the request to extend the duration of the first phase of the synodal process in order to provide a greater opportunity for the people of God to have an authentic experience of listening and dialogue,” the synod office said in a note on Friday.

“Aware that a synodal church is a church that listens, considering that this first phase is essential for this synodal path and evaluating these requests, and always seeking the good of the Church, the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops has decided to extend until August 15, 2022, the deadline for the presentation of the summaries of the consultations” by bishops conferences and the Eastern Catholic churches, it said.

The dioceses and local groups originally were asked to send a synthesis of what they heard to their bishops’ conferences so that a national summary could be prepared by April 2022. The synod office in Rome was hoping to prepare an initial working document for the synod by September 2022.

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Vatican extends until August initial listening phase for Synod of Bishops (CNS via NCR Online)

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