Questions about the Structure and Duties of the Synod of Bishops

You are invited to attend a Memorial Mass for the repose of the soul of Pope Benedict XVI at 2:00pm in St. Michael’s Church prior to our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, February 10th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. At the meeting we will be discussing “Questions about the Structure and Duties of the Synod of Bishops” by Joseph Ratzinger Benedict XVI from Synodality (Volume 48.4).

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
… in Retrieving the Tradition we reprint Joseph Ratzinger’s “Questions about the Structure and Duties of the Synod of Bishops.” In this short piece, Ratzinger clarifies how the Synod of Bishops is ordered to the service of the papal office through the obedient rediscovery and fresh unfolding of the Church’s faith. Only so can its deliberations be undertaken for the sake of building up all those who are under each bishop’s care. “[T]he synod serves the right relation of unity and catholicity in the Church and, thus, promotes that living unity which corresponds to the vitality of this living organism, which lives and grows as a unity in the many cells of the local Church.”

Here is a link to information about the upcoming Synod entitled For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission:

We will meet in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Use the east side parking lot and enter by the rear doors. Walk up the stairs. The Kateri Room is on your right before enter the church proper.

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