Pope Francis clearly considers synodality to be crucial for the reform of the church. Since his election, he has convened two synods on the family, the synod on youth and young people, and the synod on the Pan-Amazon region. And now he has called for a synod on synodality.
But what is a synod? And what is synodality?
According to Kim Daniels, codirector of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, and a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, synodality has to do with listening, coming together, and accompaniment. These are all ideas that have been central to Pope Francis’ ministry and leadership.
In today’s episode of Field Hospital, Mike and Jeannie talk to Kim about what synodality means for the church and how parishes are putting it into action. They also discuss the backlash against, and misunderstandings about, synods and synodality in the church today.
You can find out more information about Kim’s work, and about synods and synodality, in these links:
- Woman to Know: Kim Daniels
- “Want to understand synodality? Look to Africa,” by Mike Lewis
- “For the synod to succeed, the church must listen to all of us,” by Milton Javier Bravo
- “Panelists say solidarity, synodality can heal divisions in US Church,” by John Lavenburg
- “US Bishops Speak on the Synodal Process” by Rachel Amiri
- “Synodality: A New Way of living as a Church” by Daniel Amiri
This episode of Field Hospital is supported by Catholic Theological Union.