US Bishops Encourage Diocesan Engagement for Synod, Emphasizing Local Participation

US Bishops Encourage Diocesan Engagement for Synod, Emphasizing Local Participation

USCCB Senior Adviser Details Synodal Process

Julia McStravog of the USCCB elaborated on the synodal process, highlighting its varying implementation across different dioceses.

Emphasizing that the local synodal structure is subject to individual diocesan decisions, she underscored the significance of synodality at the grassroots level.

Engagement Process for Participation

McStravog emphasized the importance of individuals desiring participation to connect with their respective dioceses.

Additionally, the USCCB plans to host a public webinar to discuss the local synodal process, encouraging widespread engagement and understanding.

Broadening Voices and Representation

The bishops’ conference recommended that the dioceses ensure diverse representation during the listening sessions.

This includes voices that might have been overlooked previously, urging broader participation from groups previously underrepresented in diocesan consultations.

Highlighting the low participation in earlier synodal stages, efforts aim to incorporate a wider array of Catholic voices.

Focus on Specific Groups

McStravog specified particular attention on specific groups as advised by the Vatican, particularly migrants and the poor.

These groups are areas of emphasis for bishops, aiming to include their voices in the synodal process. Additionally, priests, deacons, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to contribute their perspectives.

The synodal process within the US Catholic Church appears to prioritize local engagement, diversification of voices, and focus on marginalized groups as essential elements for the successful implementation of the synod’s objectives.

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