Catholic Bishops of the USA and Canada Welcome the Document for the Next Phase of the 2021-2024 Synod - FULL TEXT
The Catholic Bishops of the USA and Canada issued welcoming statements for the document on the next phase of the 2021-2024 Synod; their full text releases are below:
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Holy See’s General Secretariat of the Synod issued the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS) of the 2021-2024 Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The DCS is a working document that will be used for the next step, the Continental Stage, of the Synod process and is a result of the Holy See hearing from 112 episcopal conferences, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), as well as Eastern Catholic Churches, religious congregations, ecclesial associations and movements, the Vatican dicasteries, and individual contributions. In the first stage of the Synod, listening sessions were held at the local level across the world. Bishops in each country along with lay persons then reflected on these listening sessions and then shared what was heard with the Holy See in a national synthesis. The USCCB National Synthesis can be found here. Now, in this next stage of the Synod, the DCS serves as a tool for discussion and reflection between episcopal conferences based on a continental grouping.
CCCB - Communique for the Continental Stage of the SynodThursday, October 27, 2022
28 October 2022
Yesterday, the Holy See’s General Secretariat of the Synod issued the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS) of the 2021-2024 Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The DCS is the result of the discernment of 112 contributions from episcopal conferences, including the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as well as contributions from Eastern Catholic Churches, religious congregations, ecclesial associations and movements, the Vatican dicasteries, and individual contributions submitted to the General Secretariat of the Synod.
Bishop Raymond Poisson, CCCB President and member of the writing team for the Canadian National Synthesis, has noted that the DCS “invites us to continue to meet, discuss and question, in a spiritual and prayerful context, in order to bring our Church to where the Spirit is leading it. We have all experienced that this ‘walking together as Church’ does not end; but it does have a goal: to create a space for the mission of every baptized person.”
The Continental Stage of the Synod will see a continuation of the process of listening and discernment rooted in the DCS, in which the CCCB and USCCB will hold 10 virtual Continental Assemblies, in English, French, and Spanish, in late 2022 and early 2023. The Continental Synthesis from Canada and the U.S. will be drafted in February 2023 and submitted to the Secretariat of the Synod by March 31, 2023.
Begun in October 2021, the “Synod on Synodality” was recently extended by Pope Francis through October 2024, to allow for more time for enhanced discernment from both the members of the Synodal Assembly as well as the People of God. The Universal Phase of the Synod will be held in two parts, the first in October 2023 and the second a year later in October 2024.
The Document for the Continental Stage is available at www.synod.va.