Ahead of key ‘Synodal Way’ meeting, lay leader says: ‘What matters now is the ability to compromise’ – Catholic World Report

Ahead of a crucial meeting for Germany’s controversial “Synodal Way,” an influential lay leader has said that “what matters now is the ability to compromise.” Thomas Sternberg told CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, that the plenary session of the Synodal Way in Frankfurt, southwestern Germany, on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 would feature votes on draft texts dedicated to hot-button issues. The texts have been drafted by forums dedicated to each of the Synodal Way’s four main topics: the way power is exercised in the Church; the priesthood; the role of women; and sexual morality. Sternberg is the president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), which is overseeing the Synodal Way together with the German bishops. He said: “We now need to work together on these texts. Amendments will have to be dealt with in Frankfurt, and work is underway to discuss the texts in a first reading so that they can be finalized in a second reading in six months.” “The amount of work that has been done in the forums is enormous. What matters now is the ability to compromise and to open up old doctrines to new readings.”

Ahead of key ‘Synodal Way’ meeting, lay leader says: ‘What matters now is the ability to compromise’ – Catholic World Report

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