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Synod narrows focus to 57 propositions

Catholic World News - October 24, 2012

After two weeks of discussions, the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization has identified 57 propositions which will be the basis for further discussion.

During the first phase of the Synod discussions, all participants have the opportunity to make their own general comments. Next the Synod fathers form small groups, arranged by language group, to discuss these comments and attempt to define more specific propositions.

At the Synod meeting on October 24, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, the secretary-general of the Synod, announced that the working groups had identified 326 points for discussion. After examining those points, the Synod’s relator general, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, boiled them down into 57 discrete propositions.

These propositions—which take up 29 pages in a report that has not been made public--will form the basis for discussion in the next phase of the Synod’s work, and ultimately the propositions will be subject to a vote for approval. The propositions are presented to the Pope for his use in preparing an apostolic exhortation that will conclude the work of the Synod.

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  • Posted by: Nuage - Oct. 24, 2012 10:20 PM ET USA

    I agree - what is needed is a universal syllabus or curriculum outlining a set of essential or core beliefs that we ALL have to accept as Catholics. The catechetical materials that have been used for a few generations have been woefully inadequate and even misleading. Also, the Faithful need to hear about the necessity of Grace for salvation and the consequence of sin. The Faith needs to be applied to everyday life - real life. Only then will the faithful sit up and pay attention.

  • Posted by: joancollins507161 - Oct. 24, 2012 6:57 PM ET USA

    The bishops need to focus on one thing: A good program of study for Catholics from grade school through adulthood, with a strong emphasis on the Bible and the Catholic Catechism.

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