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Vatican tells dioceses to include Protestants, Orthodox in Synod preparation

January 18, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: The Vatican has asked the world’s Catholic bishops to include Orthodox and Protestant officials in their consultations during the diocesan phases of preparation for the next worldwide meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

Cardinal Mario Grech, the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops; and Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, joined in a letter to bishops, asking them to recognize the “ecumenical dimension” of preparations for the Synod on Synodality. They urged bishops to issue personal invitations to other Christian leaders, asking them to join in local discussions to prepare for the 2023 Synod meeting.

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  • Posted by: mesley8423 - Jan. 19, 2022 3:13 AM ET USA

    As the Eastern Orthodox are sister Churches, this seems appropriate. However, I can see why the consultation of Protestant leaders might be considered more problematic. On the other hand, weren't Protestant leaders invited to the first session of the Council of Trent but tried to lay down too many conditions on their attendance?

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jan. 18, 2022 6:42 PM ET USA

    At least it will provide a new excuse for non-accomplishment.