Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Archdiocesan Synod

Our Archdiocese has been in the process of carrying out a "synod" since before the Jubilee Year. Finally the results of the synod have been published and recommendations have been made. The Declaration of the Archdiocesan Synod is actually quite interesting to read through.

What is a Synod?
"A diocesan synod is a process involving wide participation of clergy, religions, and laity in an effort to listen to the Holy Spirit and to discern where He is leading us as a community of believers."

The synod began with a detailed survey of all (or as many as possible. . .) Catholics fourteen years old and over in our archdiocese on matters such as the sacraments, parish life, catechesis, evangelization, etc. . . The results of these surveys have been discussed for the past several years and now we've finally come up with an action plan.

Among the top 50 propositions made as a result of the synod, here are some of my favourites. . . (then again, there are others that I'm not as enthusiastic about):
2. Promote the ongoing spiritual formation and education of our teachers in Catholic faith and culture.
6. Extend the Parish Religious Education Program (Catechism) to Grade 12.
10. Encourage and support the establishment and development of a Catholic university.
19. Promote the virtue-based perspective in moral education.
24. Recruit natural family planning teachers in each parish to counsel couples before and after marriage in managing their fertility in accordance with Humanae Vitae through natural family planning.
30. Encourage all parishes to establish perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
31. Incorporate the Liturgy of the Hours into parish life.

Of course some of these are more realistic than others. It'll be interesting to see what the actual impact of the synod results are.