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It is vital that the extent of people’s desire for reform

is not airbrushed from the Continental Stage.       

You need to join us in action.

 

DIOCESAN STAGE

Our Content Analysis of the

22 Diocesan Syntheses for England and Wales

may surprise you.

91% of us want women’s ordination.

95% want accountable,

elected leaders and reformed Canon Law.

100% want full inclusion of women and LGBTQ+

and much more. See our charts below.

              .

NOW – YOU ARE INVITED

to take part in the Continental Stage.

 

The Vatican expects each bishop to swing into action

with an ecclesial process of discernment,

involving the variety of the People of God,

and paying special attention to the involvement of

“women,

young people,

those in poverty,

other Christian denominations and faith traditions

and some with no religious affiliation,”

between now and 31st March 2023.

 

Write to your local bishop.

Write to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCEW),

 

a)  Ask how you can feedback on the DCS,

the latest global synthesis from the Vatican, below?

The Pope wants to know if we agree that it

reflects the Diocesan submissions.

 

Ask how you join/ contact the

European Representative Continental Assembly?

BISHOP'S LETTER

CLICK HERE

PDF

DOCX

Customise this letter to your bishop and the CBCEW.

Email CBCEW on

christopher.thomas@cbcew.org.uk

 

b)   Study the latest global synthesis from the Vatican,

the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS)

released on the 27 October 2022

Ask yourselves whether it reflects

WHAT WE, THE PEOPLE, ASKED FOR

represented here in an infographic:

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Please download our infographic and circulate it.

This infographic is the culmination of a great deal of study:

 

ROOT & BRANCH

ANALYSED THE 22 DIOCESAN SUBMISSIONS

OF ENGLAND AND WALES

We found that the National Synthesis is not representative

of what we, the people asked for.

(Click on box to expand or pdf for full text)

Rethinking

Moral

Theology

Church

Authority

Redefining

and

Reclaiming

Liturgical

Ministry

Embracing

Diversity

Clerical 

Abuse -

the Voice 

of  the Laity

OUR METHODOLOGY

Knowing that the National Synthesis for England and Wales

is NOT reflective of the calls for reform found

in the Diocesan syntheses,

it may be helpful to understand a little more about

how R&B conducted its Content Analysis.

We have uploaded our methodology here.

 Understanding the process will equip you to confidently

raise questions and challenges.

Click on the thumbnail above

to read and download our

detailed explanation of how we analysed

our 22 Diocesan Synodal Reports.

 

It’s also a very clear template that you can use

to analyse your country’s Reports -

what did they really say?

The DCS was written by an international team

of 35 delegates including 15 clergy, 3 nuns

and several lay academics working for the Church

who met at Frascati, near Rome, in October.

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A team of 15 cardinals and hierarchs then vetted their conclusions.

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OUR  BRISTOL TEXT and the DIOCESAN SYNODAL REPORTS

 

We’ve also mapped all 22 Diocesan Synodal Reports in England and Wales

against our Bristol Text,

using an extensive and thorough Content Analysis.

It shows that what we want in our parishes and dioceses

is exactly what the Bristol Text lays out:

 

I.  Not rules, but ways of thinking
 

II. What touches all must be discussed and approved by all
 

III. Ministry open to all, as in the early Church

 

IV. The dignity and sanctity of all
and

V.  Safeguarding, reparation, penitence & true healing measures

Each of these topics have been mapped to our Bristol Text, below.

What parishioners in England and Wales want,

from our Diocesan Synodal Reports

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.

National Synodal Reports & Assessmnents

ENGLISH AND WELSH DIOCESES. REFERENCES TO (CLERICAL) ABUSE

  AN IMPORTANT SUMMARY

National Synthesis from 

the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England & Wales:

Scottish Laity Network

Synodal Submission

Liverpool Synod 2020 – precursor to the current Synodal Pathway
A video presentation from Fr Peter McGrail that shares those matters that came forward at the Proposals stage of the Synod which were not within the remit of Synod 2020. Presented on both 12 and 13 march 2021. Also on our Well of Wisdom page. 

 

Their address is at the foot of their homepage:

 

General Secretariat for Synod of Bishops

Via della Conciliazione 34

VA - 00120 Vatican City

Tel. (+39) 06 698 84821 / 84324

synodus@synod.va

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.

All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever.
Amen.

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Penelope Middelboe from Root & Branch

joined the Tablet panel on 19th January, 2022 to ask

The Synodal Pathway -

Good News for Catholic Women?

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