Here we are, two priests and brothers of yours! May we ask for a moment of your time? We would like to talk to you about a topic that touches us all.
"The Church of God is convoked in Synod." The preparatory document for Synod 2021-2023 begins with these words. For two years the entire People of God is invited to reflect on the theme “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”. This is a novelty that can arouse enthusiasm as well as perplexity.
Yet "in the first millennium, 'walking together', that is, practicing synodality, was the Church's habitual way of proceeding." The Second Vatican Council highlighted this dimension of ecclesial life, so important that St. John Chrysostom affirmed: "Church and Synod are synonymous" (Explicatio in Psalmum 149).