The Synod of Bishops publishes the list of members of the commission


Vatican City – The Vatican has published the names of the members of two commissions charged with assisting the leaders of the general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in reviewing documents, drafting resources and developing best practices.

According to the synod’s website, the theological commission and the methodological commission will include religious and lay experts from around the world.

The theme chosen by the Pope for the next Synod is: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and mission”.

Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, told Vatican News in May that although initially scheduled for 2022, the synod will take place in October 2023 to allow for wider consultation at the diocesan, national and regional levels.

In revisions to the synod process announced in May, Pope Francis called for it to begin with consultations with the laity at the diocesan level before discussion and discernment is transferred to the national level and then to the 2023 synod assembly. herself.

In an editorial published in the Spanish Catholic journal Revista Ecclesia in May, Monsignor Luis Marín de San Martín, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, said that four commissions will be created “to help the general secretariat: communications, methodology, spirituality and theology . all are international in character and incorporate different cultures. “

The Theological Commission, headed by Bishop Marín, is made up of 25 experts in theology, philosophy and canon law from around the world, including the United States, Italy, Spain, Burkina Faso, Syria, Tanzania and the Mexico.

The commission “will examine the texts and documents and possibly make suggestions; present theological proposals for the development of synodality; produce and share materials for theological study; and will work closely with other committees ”.

The methodological commission, composed of nine members, will be headed by missionary Sister Xavière Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, and is responsible for developing best practices and proposing processes at the local, national and international levels.

These processes include proposals for writing the manual or vade-mecum for bishops, collecting and analyzing summaries, writing the “instrumentum laboris,” or working document, and the final document, he said. the website of the synod.

The list of members of the synod’s communication and spirituality committees should be published later.

Members of the US and Canadian commissions include: Kristin Colberg, associate professor of theology at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota; Congregation of Jesus Sister Gill Goulding, professor of systematic theology at Regis College in Toronto, Canada; Canadian Father Gilles Routhier, professor of theology at Laval University in Quebec, Canada; and Jesuit Father David McCallum, executive director of the Discerning Leadership program at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York.

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