The synod of bishops inaugurated by Pope Francis in 2021 with the theme, “Communion, Participation and Mission,” is unique in the sense that it invites every member of the Church to become aware of his or her Christian vocation to participate in the mission of the Church, and provides the means for it. The present synod emphasizes the participation of the entire Church in the process of decision-making though the decision-taking is done by those who are entrusted with the ministry of leading the Church. Thus there is a paradigm-shift from the emphasis on the hierarchy to the entire people of God which includes the hierarchy and the rest of the people of God both in the decision-making concerning the life and mission of the Church and its actualization in today’s world.
TOWARDS A SYNODAL CHURCH: Communion, Participation, Mission
Jacob Parappally MSFS