What’s a “Synod”? The Holy See Press Office Explains the Basics

What’s a “Synod”? The Holy See Press Office Explains the Basics October 5, 2014

As the 2014 Synod on the Family gets underway, the Holy See Press Office continues to keep us informed.

In this brief video, they try to explain the process and structure:  What’s a Synod?  Who attends?  What are the objectives?

Whether you’re experienced with “All Things Vatican” or you’re watching for the first time as the wheels of the Church slowly turn, you’ll appreciate this clever lesson in ecclesiology.

Synod - Holy See Press Office explains

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  • Mary E.

    The video is helpful. It looks like those who have been expecting resolutions to emerge by the end of the current synod will be disappointed, since it is structured more like an extended fact-finding session. The substantive proposals by the bishops won’t be made until after next year’s synod, followed some time later by the Pope’s final decision, and in between, there’s another year (and more) of discussion, debate, speculation, and plain old tussling. So I’ll be praying for more patience.