- May 13, 2021
Pope Francis has decided the next general assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in the fall of 2022, but he has not announced the theme for the gathering, the Vatican said.
Despite the fact that an estimated 5 percent of the Australian population is of aboriginal descent, in the two centuries the Catholic Church has been present on the continent, there have been few indigenous vocations to the priesthood. According to Sydney’s archbishop, this presents some similarities with the realities of the Amazon region.
What every bishop I’ve ever spoken to who’s taken part in a Vatican synod would say, and I mean unanimously, is this: The experience helped them think in a more global way about the vicissitudes of the Church.
A Synod of Bishops was conceived as a chance for the home office, i.e., the Vatican, to hear from its middle mangers around the world, i.e., the bishops. For some time, it’s been evolving into a chance for the middle-mangers in tandem with the home office to hear from two other constituencies.
One of three prelates tapped by Pope Francis as presidents of this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon has urged participants to fear neither forging new paths for evangelization in the region, nor criticism of these novelties, saying critics of the synod’s agenda should be prayed for.
In the first of many counter-events to this months Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, key critics of Pope Francis blasted him promoting widespread heresy in the Church, saying his agenda for the 3-week gathering is demonic and calling on him to resign.
As the Pan-Amazonian synod approaches, women from several orders and organizations have banded together to demand that they be given voting rights over influential documents drafted during the meeting – a right typically awarded only to ordained men.
In his six years in office, Pope Francis has been no stranger to controversy or resistance, yet judging by the all-star lineup of opponents to his coming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, the gathering is shaping up to be one of his most controversial initiatives since the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.