Bishop John Stowe: Speaking out

“Of the many words that Pope Francis has introduced or reintroduced to our lexicon, one of his frequently employed terms (often left untranslated) is ‘parrhesia,’ described as boldness or conviction, which the Holy Father insists is vital to the proclamation of the Gospel today.”

Prelates see synodal process as Holy Spirit’s realm to inspire the church

With the Spirit’s inspiration, the two years of preparation leading to the Synod of Bishops on synodality called by Pope Francis for October 2023 will provide the framework for what the pope envisions as a synodal church — one in which people are “walking together on the same road” to respond to God’s call to serve one another.