Language is one of the issues that should be considered when representatives of the world’s Roman Catholic Bishops gather in Rome October 2015 for the Synod on the Family. The language the Vatican uses, needs to be written in a way that is understandable by the people. This was one of the issues that came up during a Regina Archdiocesan Workshop held February 21 at Miller High School to discuss questions that arose from the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family held October 4-15, 2014 in Rome. An invitation to take part in the workshop was sent to all Archdiocesan parishes and also placed on the website. The next step is to consider what came out of the Extra-Ordinary Synod and ask the world’s Roman Catholics to discuss them with suggestions to go back to Rome in time for the October Synod.
“We’re not here to solve problems, decide on what’s right or wrong or take a vote,” said Salkeld in his opening remarks. Our role is to give feedback to the bishops, to give bishops something to think about. “The Pope wants to hear what is going on in the lives of the people of God.”
The 24 registered participants were divided into four smaller groups and discussed each of the four questions that were condensed from the document that resulted from the Extra-Ordinary Synod: How to better identify the reality and diversity that exists within the culture and within the Church; How to bring about pastoral conversion on marriage and family life to assist them to become what they are; How best to transmit the Church’s teaching on marriage, family and sexuality as truly good news and What paths of action should the Church take to engage and practically support families?
A plenary afternoon session heard reports from each of the groups on each question. Language, in all its variety, nuances and meanings including inter-generational language seemed to receive much attention. The discussions ranged between the Eucharist, “is it just for good Catholic boys and girls or do we all come to the sacrament as sinners needing food for our spiritual journey” to the role of women in the Church, lay vocations, the tension between what the Church teaches and marriage values.
The process, according to Archdiocesan Theologian Dr. Brett Salkeld who moderated the workshop, is to produce a report that will go to Archbishop Daniel Bohan who will forward it with his remarks to the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). The CCCB will then develop a report from what it receives from all Canadian Dioceses and forward it to Rome in time for the October Synod. Salkeld said the timeline is short and a workshop was considered the best and quickest way to proceed..