An emerging proposition is the establishment of a “Council of the Synod,” envisioned as a global consultative body to aid the pope in Church management.
The concluding week of the synod saw a flurry of activity, with schedule tweaks and robust discussions. Small groups elected an additional secretary to document proposed amendments and validate procedures, reflecting the adaptive nature of the synod process.
Testimonies also took center stage, especially from conflict-ridden regions such as the Middle East, Ukraine, and the Amazon.
A stark emphasis was laid on the crucial communion with Peter’s successor, underlining the ecclesiastical rifts that could ensue in its absence.
A letter to the people of God, approved by the participants this week, garnered 336 affirmative votes against 12. Addressing all members of the Catholic Church, it invites them to take an active role in “the discernment and decision-making” of the Church.
Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity (formerly the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), reiterated the importance of the ecumenical dimension this week, saying it was “very visible at the beginning of the synod process when there was the prayer vigil, an ecumenical vigil; for me it was impressive. It is a powerful vision. Synodality also has a liturgical dimension. There must be reciprocity between ecumenism and synodality.”
Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki of Poznan in Poland stated that the method of this synod made it possible to “avoid discord” because it allows one to “express one’s ideas, address those of others, and rediscover silence. This was a discovery for us, speaking with the help of the Holy Spirit. The synodality used by us shows us that there is a method with which we can progress not only on synodality but also with wars and world conflicts.”