Declaring that ‘Church is Mission’ and emphasising the role of all in this mission – and especially of the family – the report insists that synodality is integral to this mission.
“In its broadest sense, synodality can be understood as Christians walking in communion with Christ toward the Kingdom along with the whole of humanity. Its orientation is towards mission, and its practice involves gathering in assembly at each level of ecclesial life. It involves reciprocal listening, dialogue, community discernment, and creation of consensus as an expression that renders Christ present in the Holy Spirit, each taking decisions in accordance with their responsibilities.”
Speaking as the synod closed in Rome – to reconvene in October 2024 – Bishop Brendan Leahy said that the report would now be discussed in Ireland, in the cause of so-responsible mission.
‘Let’s try to live this synodal way.‘