The Oceania Synod of the Vatican The validity of the Synod regarding Pope Francis’ Synod of Continental Phase is questioned by the report itself.
“The fictional structure of the Vatican, a new continent called Oceania, may have gone a step too far,” a veteran observer of church politics told CathNews.
The Vatican’s “Oceania continent” covers 33% of the globe. It is made up of 21 countries ranging from small island nations to vast continents, with a wide variety of ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups.
The Continental Phase Oceania Working Paper highlights significant gaps in its reporting.
The document identifies as a “concern” that certain groups of people are not included in the report.
Men, young people, immigrants, victims of abuse, West Papuans and those who didn’t want change were less heard.
The document also records that for various reasons the Conference of Bishops of the Pacific (CEPAC) was unable to submit the Synthesis Document to the process.
It also shows that some bishops were unable to attend the Continental Conference.
The report says the continent’s vastness and cultural diversity meant that some members were systematically excluded.
Among the reasons some members did not participate in the process, the report identifies lack of access to information, lack of proper communication technology, travel, speech impediments, and speech impediments.
To fill in some of these gaps, the report says “advocacy” is implied throughout the process.
“‘Advocacy’ was therefore implied across the five responses: advocacy to diverse groups of people in the church or wider society who could not directly participate in the Synod’s listening, dialogue, identification, and decision-making processes. is,” the document said.
Although the voices of some of the local churches and groups within them were absent, the similarity of many voices could be heard first-hand – many themes, issues and insights emerged as priorities.
- Mission – There should be a transition from maintenance to maintenance mission church.
- of ecological crisis It was seen as an urgent existential global issue that particularly affected the “Oceanian continent”. It should be seen as an evangelistic field in which the whole church should be engaged.
- development of teaching of the church Restrictions on sexuality, multiple sexual relationships, contraception, divorce and remarriage status, communion with other Christian denominations that recognize baptism, celibacy of priests, and restrictions on ordination to men.
(The problem is women’s ordination was raised in Australia’s response, while New Zealand’s response stated: [women’s] ordination as a deacon).
- Become more synodal, Embedding Synodality As a way of becoming a church on all levels.
- a Cultural and Structural Change in Leadershipincluding shared governance and decision making.
- Invest in How Your Faith Needs Young people It also explains how young people can be better shaped to better utilize their skills and passions.
- participation in church woman And to ensure that the church continues to listen to the voices of women who feel they are underrepresented.
- formation of believers To help them participate more fully in the Synod Church.
Pastoral Reflections of Bishops
Commenting on the document, the FCBCO bishops acknowledge that it is in these areas of pain that Christ reveals Himself, despite the Church’s seeming confusion Pastoral Considerations provided.
While acknowledging that this document is not a census of all Catholics in Oceania, they recognize it as genuine and a representation of all those who responded.
They say the document is not an educational document, but more like a postcard sent home to explain where we are today.
They say synodality in both Oceania and Universal Church will take time and they want us to renew and revitalize the church we love rather than building another church.
To this end, the bishops bring together several important issues, such as the Church, affiliation, place of baptism, reconciliation, the Eucharist, etc.
“For Catholics, the Eucharist is central.
“By baptism we enter the Eucharist community, which gathers at the table of the Lord.
“With Christ we are called to die to ourselves and to rise with Christ, when we empty Christ’s sacrificial self and participate in self-giving.
“The Lord Jesus gives Himself as food for our journey until we partake in the heavenly banquet.
“He gives us priests, who have the heart of shepherds, who care for people, who proclaim the Word of God, who celebrate the Eucharist with them and for them, and who the Church is for life. Nourish the Church as it strives to fulfill its mission across the world.
“Likewise, the sacrament of Atonement reunites sinners with the Eucharist community.”
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