Synodality in Germany is an oft-mentioned topic that for some is concerning, others confusing and then for another group is considered the “great future”.
“Synodality is a moment of crisis,” Professor Margit Echolt from the University of Osnabrück, told Flashes of Insight.
“The issues centre around the democratisation of the Church, equality, sexual abuse, women, and young people.”
“There are many people, particularly women, of my age but also the younger generation who will leave the church unless they are treated equally, are heard and engaged in the church and their parish,” she said.
The point was reinforced by Emeritus Professor Paul Zulehner, from the University of Vienna, Austria, who told Flashes of Insight that laypeople, pastorally, “The People of God,” are in their professional life qualified, involved and are given responsibility. Still, it is not the case with the Church.
“We need to start again with Vatican II, to open up its meaning and then change the Canon Law,” he said.
While some are fighting for reform, others have given up and are walking away, he said.
Zulehner says to be faithful, Catholics rely on two main sources, biblical tradition and the Holy Spirit.
“Tradition must find shape in culture and the Holy Spirit talking through the signs of the times,” he said.