21 April 2022, The Tablet

Lay voices have a right to be listened to

The power of the synod


The process of transforming the way the Catholic Church is run to make it more responsive to the People of God was always bound to tread on toes, sometimes painfully. There are signs already that the process is being filtered, as those in charge of it do not always like what they hear. A few whistleblowers are emerging in England and Wales already (cf. Letters, page 16), claiming they are finding it hard to reconcile what archbishops and bishops say they are being told with what the people who took part in the process remembered was said.

Get Instant Access

Continue Reading

Register for free to read this article in full

Subscribe for unlimited access

From just £30 quarterly

  Complete access to all Tablet website content including all premium content.
  The full weekly edition in print and digital including our 179 years archive.
  PDF version to view on iPad, iPhone or computer.

Already a subscriber? Login

User Comments (1)

Comment by: MaryK
Posted: 21/04/2022 17:42:31
I agree with this and it should be emphasised that submissions can be made directly to the Vatican. I know many who decided not to trust ‘discernment’ by the hierarchy and took part in other initiatives such as Root and Branch and the Catholic Women Speak international survey.
In my Archdiocese there were 2 months allowed for the process with very little publicity. Many people don’t even know about the Synod and very little was done to encourage responses.