The Rev. Louis J. Cameli, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is Cardinal Blase J. Cupich’s delegate for formation and mission. He is the author of the audiobook Mary’s Journey.
We must all learn to change our mindset regarding our role and participation in ecclesial life if we want to experience a truly synodal church.
What if we brought together two currents: attachment to the Eucharist as liturgical action and devotion with attachment to the Blessed Virgin Mary? The conjunction of these currents can enable them to reinforce each other and can make a significant impact on our spiritual journeys.
The devil will no doubt be a participant in the Synod on Synodality, even if as a non-voting member. Why? Because the synod presents a ripe field for the devil’s mischief. And because the stakes are so high.
We need a national eucharistic revival. However, after reviewing materials associated with the National Eucharistic Revival, I am not confident that it will accomplish what it sets out to do.
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.