Youth who aren’t there

The pressing lack of youth in the Church has been noted in almost every diocesan synthesis. The issue was most often raised in the context of synodal questions. Sometimes separate sections were devoted to youth – we present them here.

Periphery

In many of the syntheses, the problem of those on the margins of the Church has been threaded through the context of the basic synodal questions. However, some studies have devoted separate sections to the periphery – we present them here.

Forming for synodality

Synodality entails openness to change, formation and continuous learning.

How are individuals being formed, especially those in positions of responsibility in the Christian community, so that they are more capable of listening and dialogue, of discernment? Are we aware of the responsibility for our own ongoing formation for responsibility and mission of evangelization in the Church?

Discernment and decision-making

On the synodal path, we make decisions by discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying through our entire community.

How do we understand that the Church is hierarchical and not democratic? Do we see a place for the collective discernment and decision-making of all of God’s people together with the pastors in such an organized church? How can we grow in community spiritual discernment?

Power and participation

The synodal Church is a participatory and co-responsible Church.

Who in our Church makes the decisions and what do they involve? Is it exclusively a form of individual chairmanship or is there a community dimension to it as well? Is there teamwork, and in this context, is lay involvement promoted, such as in pastoral and economic councils, in community leadership? Are we willing to take shared responsibility for decisions and actions?

Ecumenism

Dialogue between Christians of different faiths, united by one baptism,
holds a special place in the synodal path.

What relationship does our church community have with members of other Christian traditions and denominations? What do we have in common and how do we walk together? What fruit did we bear by following along together? What are the difficulties? How can we take the next step in moving forward together?

Dialogue in the Church and society

Dialogue requires persistence and patience, but it also enables mutual understanding.

How are conflicts and difficulties arising from differences in views, aspirations, expectations resolved in our Church? Is dialogue our way out of these problems? In this context, how does the cooperation of various institutions, organizations and church movements look like? Do we know how to learn forms of dialogue from non-church institutions? Is dialogue also a space for our encounter with followers of other religions and non-believers?

Shared responsibility in our common mission

Synodality serves the mission of the Church, in which all its members are called to participate.

Are we aware that as baptized, we are all called to the mission of evangelization? What is holding us back in taking on this mission and supporting others in it: in ourselves, in our living environment, in today’s culture?