Scene: next year’s international Synod of Bishops in Rome, on the subject, ironically enough, of synodality. The speaker: a spokesman for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. A question from the floor: “What do the Catholics of England and Wales think about giving the Church some synodal structure, so they can participate in decision-making?” Answer: “We don’t know, we haven’t asked them, because we have no way of doing so.” Audience: general laughter. Unless they rapidly change course, this is where the bishops’ conference of England and Wales can expect to find itself in the autumn of next year.
Ask the people what they think
Synodality and the laity
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