The Word Among Us

September 2015 Issue

Method Matters

Three keys to Pope Francis’ approach to the synod

Method Matters: Three keys to Pope Francis’ approach to the synod

On October 4 of this year, the Synod on the Family will enter its second phase. At this gathering, the bishops will continue to discuss many of the issues they brought up during last year’s synod. But the issues are not the only important aspects of the synod. The process is equally important. Pope Francis wants everyone in the Church to have a voice in these complex issues related to marriage and family.

To that end, he has urged everyone involved to follow a few simple ground rules. He wants everyone to approach this synod in a spirit of constructive...

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