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POPE FRANCIS’S SYNODAL CHURCH

We in Root & Branch have always wholeheartedly supported Pope Francis’s Synodal Church process in its desire to walk together, listening deeply to each other, and to its stated aim to hear “every voice”.

 

We should remember that the early followers of the Way were never ‘laity’ because Jesus never ordained anyone. As the Church became clerical, so did discernment move from the people. Now it is time for our voice to be heard, and to hear each other.

We are currently analysing calls for reform from all 22 of the Diocesan Syntheses in England and Wales against our Bristol Text . The Bristol Text is a statement of fundamental principles which embody the discoveries we have made on our journey of discernment.   We have offered it to the Vatican as a way forward for a safe, just and inclusive church.

 

Do you live outside England and Wales? Do feel free to email us at hello@rootandbranchsynod.org about your Synodal experience.

 

You might also enjoy examples of Parish Submissions sent in by

Root & Branchers, including one from Aotearoa New Zealand

ENGLISH AND WELSH DIOCESES. REFERENCES TO (CLERICAL) ABUSE

  AN IMPORTANT SUMMARY

National Synthesis from 

the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England & Wales:

 

Diocesan Synodal Reports/Assessments/Conclusions mapped against the Bristol Text

Unless otherwise indicated all are taken from the diocesan syntheses

All are direct quotes, bold and underlining is original.

Arundel &

Brighton

bishop's report:

 

Birmingham 

Diocesan

Synthesis:

 

Brentwood

Diocesan

Synthesis:

 

Cardiff  Diocesan

Synodal Report:

 

Clifton

Diocesan

Submission:

 

East Anglia 

Diocesan

Synthesis:

 

Hallam

Diocesan

Synthesis:

Hallam

Diocesan

Simplified

Synthesis:

 

Hexham and Newcastle Lay Pastoral Forum's

collation:

Hexham and Newcastle

Final:

 
 

Lancaster

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

Leeds

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

Liverpool

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

Menevia

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

Middlesborough

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

Northampton

Diocesan

Submission:

Northampton

Bishop's

discernment:

 

Nottingham

Diocesan

Submission:

 

Plymouth

Diocesan

Synthesis:

 

Portsmouth

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

Salford

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

Shrewsbury

Diocese

report:

Shrewsbury

bishop's

discernment:

 

Southwark

Diocesan

Synthesis:

 

Westminster

bishops'

report:

 

Wrexham

Diocesan 

Synthesis:

 

We’ve asked people to send in their parish submissions along with a couple of quotes and some idea of how the listening process took place.

 

Parish Synodal Submissions