Friday, September 13, 2019

A Sufficiently Realistic Model of Synodality?

CWR: Synods and Sausages: Making a mess in Germany by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Three things need to be sorted out when it comes to the covert agenda being pursued by the German bishops.

Responders have focused on what DeVille has written on clerical continence/celibacy. It is a discipline that they cannot even consider being slightly modified.

Still, there may be other issues -- if we have not had any sort of functional synodality within the (Chalcedonian) churches for some time, can it be recreated from a priori premises? Or will we need to rely on the Holy Spirit as not only the source of ecclesial reform but the ratifier?
But that in no way precludes women from being, say, fully elected members of a diocesan synod and of a parish council where they could and should vote for a bishop or priest and vote on his annual budget in a binding way, as I have proposed.