What novelty does this Synod on synodality bring, or could it bring, for a Church that is “closer to people, less bureaucratic and more relational”?
“This particular Synod was wanted because we know that Pope Francis, since he was elected Pope, has always tried to give a new image to the Church.
He said at the beginning of the Synod that we are not here to make a revolution, that we are not here to make important decisions, but actually this Synod was a Synod in which all members, the whole Church, was invited to enter into this way of thinking, in which the Holy Spirit dwells in the heart of every baptized person. And when it comes to important issues that affect the life of the Church, all the baptized are invited to reflect together and discern in order to arrive at common solutions. That is why this Synod is truly the Synod of the people of God, and not only in theory, but in practice.
If you look at the layout of the Synod hall, in the Paul VI hall, we were seated around round tables, and at each table there was a cardinal, a bishop, a girl, a woman, a lay person, a religious person. So there was no hierarchy at this table. There was no protocol. It was simply Christians sitting together to pray, reflect, discuss, and offer their reflections. There was plenty of room for everyone to listen. That’s why the Synod is really a Synod where everyone is put on the same level.”