Synodality

Luciani-synodalityPope Francis has described synodality as the new model of Church. He said that “a synodal Church is a Church that listens…in which everyone has something to learn.” In this model, bishops should listen to the people of God, and what is heard should then find ecclesial channels and structures that link it to ecclesial reforms. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor of the Practice Rafael Luciani has written a new book about this approach titled, Synodality: A New Way of Proceeding in the Church (Paulist Press, 2022). It explores a new way of proceeding in the Catholic Church at all levels. This path calls for a reconfiguration in the relations, communicative dynamics, and structures of the current institutional model of the Church. Luciani’s book presents the new phase of deepening the ecclesiology of the people of God that began with the Second Vatican Council. Luciani has been appointed as an expert on the theological commission of the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops. He also serves as a theological expert on CELAM (Latin American Bishops Council) and CLAR (Latin American Confederation of Religious men and women).

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