Local consultation set to commence for Synod
The Fifth Plenary Council of Australia has featured in the preparatory documents for the 2023 Synod of Bishops, which has the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”.
On October 10, Pope Francis will launch the Synod process, with bishops to launch diocesan processes the following weekend. Local consultation, which will be shared with national bishops conferences and then regional conferences of bishops, will feed into a journey that culminates with an international gathering in Rome in October 2023.
A national committee has been formed in Australia to assist the local process, led by National Centre for Pastoral Research director Dr Trudy Dantis. The work undertaken for the Plenary Council will help inform the local consultations, which are expected to also feature a survey of Catholic individuals and groups.