The Diocese of Gaylord has announced the upcoming participation in “Synod 2021-2023 ~ For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”. Based on the planned 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Diocese will plan to be a part with the bold proclamation:
“In the months to come, the Diocese of Gaylord will respond to this invitation in “synodal consultations” to be organized in parishes and clusters throughout the diocese. The Diocesan Synodal Team will be in contact with parishes to help coordinate these efforts to hear the voice of each member of the People of God. ”
The goals of these “consultations” remains uncertain. The Diocesan website has a link to a Vatican web page which outlines a variety of more web pages to engulf the visitor in a broad array of bureaucratic busy work. For example, one can choose a page that gives “tools for facilitating synodal consultation”. You can then click on to the only English document that provides 17 pages of “information” and “suggestions” for this Synodal path. Readers can engross themselves in reflecting on the key elements of synodality:
- Be companions to each other on the journey
- Listening to the Spirit and each other
- Speaking out
- Celebrating together
- Sharing responsibility for our common mission
- Joining dialogue in Church and in wider society
- Participating in ecumenism
- Each claiming their proper authority and participation
- Being part of discerning and deciding
- Forming ourselves in synodality
Synodal requirements include “progressively maturing the fruits of the Holy Spirit over time”. But how many Catholics even know what the Church lists as fruits of the Holy Spirit?
This is just a brief overview of what is already turning out to be a major waste of time and money. Who is funding this? What exactly are the goals of this Synodal process? Is it meant to further destroy the Church from within? For more information, you may click on to this site.