Bishops' Synod, Peoples' Synod
An international synod of Bishops will meet in Rome during the
month of October to consider the role of the bishop. The President
of the U.S. Bishops conference, Joseph Fiorenza believes the synod
"will be the most important synodal meeting since the council
because, among other episcopal issues, it will give important attention
to episcopal collegiality...This synod is expected to discuss what
is perceived by some to be the over centralization of authority
in the Roman Curia."
At the same time Catholic reform movements from all over the world
have started a "Synod in the Internet." The shadow synod
at www.shadow-synod.net will
discuss the role and work of the diocesan bishop, appraise the present
situation of the Church and set objectives for the future. All members
of the church are invited to respond and if possible start a dialogue
with their own bishop. Between October 4 and 7 all input from the
shadow synod will be collated and delivered to the Bishops in time
for them to consider it before the Synod's close on October 27.
According to spokesperson Christian Weisner, the group is "following
the invitation of the 'Lineamenta' document of the Bishops' Synod:
"Together with many open-minded bishops, cardinals and theologians
we ask for substantial reforms that take into consideration latest
theological thinking." Over 300 groups and networks from all
over the world have given support to the peoples' synod which was
convened by the European Network -Church on the Move and the worldwide
International Movement We are Church.
Elected U.S. members to the international Bishops' synod include:
Bishop Joseph Fiorenza (Galveston-Houston), Vice president of U.S.
bishops conference, Bishop Wilton Gregory (Belleville, IL), Cardinal
William Keeler of Baltimore and Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.
U.S.members appointed by the Pope are Cardinal Edmond Szoka, governor
of Vatican city, Archbishop Justin F. Rigali of St. Louis, Ukrainian
Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia and Auxiliary Bishop Robert
P. Maginnis of Philadelphia.
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