I reviewed all of my diocese’s synod responses. Three missing elements could point the way forward for the church.
When we look at what is missing from our synodal processes, we can understand better the tasks and challenges ahead of us.
A synod on synodality is a process about a process. And that stuck with me. A process about a process seemed to be without content. Where would this lead us?
The bishops called abortion a ‘pre-eminent’ political issue. Calling it a ‘foundational’ one is better.
The U.S. bishops have said that "the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority.” The statement would be more accurate and effective to say that the protection of unborn life is “foundational.”
For celibate priests, there are three specific and essential elements of formation for sustaining their commitment: They need a meaningful reason for celibacy, they need skills for celibate living, and they need a supportive community.
This month’s summit meeting in Rome is a signal that Pope Francis intends to address the abuse crisis in a mode of collegiality, looking at people rather than structures.
Structural reform and renewal are absolutely necessary to reclaim a measure of integrity for the church and—some would even say—for her very survival.
The dubia stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of 'Amoris Laetitia' and the renewal that began with Vatican II.
Pope Francis called for a different kind of synod, something that was both new to most of us and yet also deeply rooted in our tradition. And that different kind of synod would inevitably have bumpy spots.