The People Speak Out

Local voices connecting globally

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.  (Pope Francis)

Canon Law 212 calls upon the laity to speak up:

2 - The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. - According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.



This report outlines the steps and stages in the Synodal Pathway of the Archdiocese of Dublin, and captures the treasures shared by people in the Archdiocese as groups and gatherings discerned the voice of the Holy Spirit. The introductory section details the milestone moments and turning points in the process, as well as the spiritual dimension of the pathway. Following on from this, the report explores some of the interesting, innovative or enlightening elements from the feedback and then moves to concerns, difficulties or challenges that were raised. The trends which emerged are presented within the synodal framework of communion, participation and mission. Finally, the concluding remarks describe pastoral steps that can be taken from what the Holy Spirit is saying to us.

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