Never-Ending Synod: Vatican Delays ‘Controversial’ Topics to 2025

A three-year process aimed at putting the most pressing concerns of lay Catholics front and center in the church was reshuffled on Thursday (March 14), as the Vatican announced that it plans to push discussion of “doctrinal, ethical and pastoral issues that are controversial” to June 2025.

The controversial issues include allowing women to be ordained as deacons, as well as welcoming LGBTQ Catholics. These and other issues of importance to Catholics, discerned in discussions at every level of the church that took place since 2021, were the subject of a meeting of bishops and laypeople at the Vatican in October and a report listing the main concerns of the faithful.

But a second summit, scheduled for October 2024, will now focus not on the issues the Synod on Synodality raised, but on the process itself.

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