ARCHDIOCESE OF CARDIFF  

SYNODAL PROCESS  

RESPONDING TO

THE DOCUMENT FOR THE CONTINENTAL STAGE  

 

AUTUMN 2022

Parish…………………………………..   Town / City ……………………..

Responses to Madeleine Walters at  madeleine.walters@rcadc.org  by 29th November 2022

Introduction

In April 2022 the Archdiocese of Cardiff submitted its Diocesan Synod Report to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales [ CBCEW] along with all the other dioceses. The Bishops have considered these reports and produced a document – the National Synthesis- that brings together all the views of the twenty two dioceses into a single document. The process should start to highlight key issues, central matters for further discussion and areas of common endeavour.

The bishops will now start to discuss their National Synthesis with bishops across Europe in what might be regarded as the Continental stage. From these discussions the bishops will prepare for the General Assembly in October 2023.

In order that the synodal process remains an active ingredient in these discussions, the People of God are asked to share their thoughts on three fundamental questions. Each diocese will be responding to the same three questions. The Diocesan Synod Team will be required to develop a report for +Mark by the middle of December 2022. It provides an ideal opportunity for the parishes to reflect on their own report, to consider it in the light of the Diocesan Report and to reflect honestly and courageously on the progress that they have made in addressing the issues raised in their parish.

The three questions are :

  1. “After having read and prayed with the DCS, what resonates most strongly with yiur experience of your parish? Which of the things described in the DCS are new, or illuminating to you?”
  2. “After having read and prayed with the DCS, what possible tensions do you think are particularly important? What are the questions or issues that should therefore be addressed and considered in the next steps of the process?”
  3. “Looking at the previous two questions, what are the priorities, recurring themes and calls to action that stand out and should be taken further?”

The purpose of these questions is to identify the elements of the DCS that align with the National Synthesis, those elements that are unique or different from the national report and finally how do we resolve the tensions between them.

The Diocesan Synod Team will be looking for responses from parishes as well as  from individual groups. Archbishop Mark is keen to hear from parishes on the progress that they are making and responses can be sent to him as well as to the Synod Team.

For the purposes of the parish response please use the proforma as set out below as it will allow us to compare responses. You will have the chance to reflect on your parish’s progress towards becoming more synodal, to identify areas that were unique / special to your parish or group and to look forward to what new initiatives/ focus,  you, as a parish will want to adopt.

Question 1

What did the parish learn about itself from the synodal process? How much of what was produced in the parish report was reflected in the diocesan report?  What progress have you made in addressing some of the issues you identified in April 2022?

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Question 2

What were the areas where there were major differences between what you considered important and the issues that were addressed in the Diocesan Report ? How might some of those matters be introduced into your work as a parish? Have you considered the Recommendations at the end of the Diocesan Report? How relevant are any of them to your work?

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Question 3

In Question 1 & 2 you will have reflected on the process of the synod in your parish and the product of it what you are starting to do. What are the key messages that all parishes could use to decide how they manage to share the faith and to support those on the periphery? Are there general truths that you would want to share? What is God calling us to be through the synodal process?

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Many thanks for your contribution to this work.

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