A Comprehensive Introduction to Synodality: Reconfiguring Ecclesiology and Ecclesial Practice

Jos Moons

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    This article contributes to the growing body of literature on synodality with a comprehensive introduction. Firstly, the author observes the link between the synodal approach promoted by Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council. With the help of Myriam Wijlens’ term ‘reconfiguration’, he then discusses the theological foundations of a synodal understanding of the Church. Synodality recontextualizes the bishop’s responsibility by situating it within the community of the faithful. In addition, as the Holy Spirit is the main actor in the synodal process, all the faithful, including bishops, have to listen to what He is saying, a task that requires discerning the spirits. In the third place, the author focuses on the reconfiguration of ecclesial practice. In a synodal way of proceeding, the traditional virtue of obedience is complemented by various other virtues, such as speaking out, listening with interest, and a deep openness to the Spirit’s newness. Finally, the author identifies practical issues that need attention.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-93
    Number of pages21
    JournalAnnals of Theology (The Learned Society of Catholic University of Lublin)
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


    • Holy Spirit
    • Listening
    • Participation
    • Renewal
    • people of God


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