'A "Synod on Synodality" is nothing more than language in need of a reference, even in theology. The expression is meaningless.' Spot on!
According to Vatican News, the Synod of Bishops has begun this month. Pope Francis has opened "a three-year synodal journey with three phases (diocesan, continental, universal) of consultations and discernment, culminating with the assembly in October 2023 in Rome." Can't the Vatican count the years correctly? From 2021 to 2023 adds two years but that's a small matter.
Jesuit priest Fr. William Clark and professor at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology describes the Synod with these words:
The current 'Synod on Synodality' is the culmination of all this effort to bring a greater degree of openness, collaboration and mutual listening to the church. Unlike previous synods, this one officially begins in dioceses all over the world, with opportunities for mutual consultation at every level and among many different church organizations.
When the General Assembly meets in 2023, its task will be to prayerfully consider how to move forward as 'a more synodal Church in the long term' – a church that 'journeys together.'
Where is the sydonality with the terrible agreement the Vatican made with China, choosing to abandon the faithful to the Chinese Communist Party? It's the CCP that now chooses the bishops and tells priests what they can preach and pray about.
Where is the synodality when Pope Francis has chosen not to respond to the five dubia (doubts) questions? The pastoral concern came from four cardinals shortly after Pope Francis issued his encyclical Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). That was five years ago and still there's only silence.
Where is the synodality when the faithful refuse an experimental vaccine developed from live, aborted unborn babies and end up losing their jobs? The Church instead of siding with freedom of conscience and the sanctity and dignity of the human person has pushed government vaccine mandates and agreed with the globalists and the huge profits being made by pharmaceutical companies. And now this dangerous, unnecessary experiment is being forced on 5 to 12-year-old. This is child abuse.
Where is the synodality as Pope Francis pushes the United Nations' sustainable goals which include population control and climate change? When he cancels the Latin Mass? When he pushes for ecumenism devoid of Christ's truth and the Church?
The "Synod on Synodality" (sounds as if it means something) would be spiritually better if the participants were to just take to heart the first lesson of the Baltimore Catechism about "The End of Man" and pray the Rosary daily.
Lesson First: On The End of Man
1. Q. Who made the world?
A. God made the world.
2. Q. Who is God?
A. God is the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things.
3. Q. What is man?
A. Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.
6. Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.
9. Q. What must we do to save our souls?
A. To save our souls, we must worship God by faith, hope, and charity; that is, we must believe in Him, hope in Him, and love Him with all our heart.
10. Q. How shall we know the things which we are to believe?
A. We shall know the things which we are to believe from the Catholic Church, through which God speaks to us.
11. Q. Where shall we find the chief truths which the Church teaches?
A. We shall find the chief truths which the Church teaches in the Apostles' Creed.
12. Q. Say the Apostles' Creed.
A. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into hell: the third day He arose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Here's what "Synod on Synodality" looks like during the celebration of Mass in the diocese of San Bernardino, Los Angles, California: