Issues for 2023
VOL 18 NO. 1, 2022: Governance In Institutes Of Consecrated Life In The Catholic Church In Africa CHALLENGES, THE OPPORTUNITIES AND PROSPECTS OF LEADERSHIP
VOL 20 NO. 2,: SYNODALITY: DECISON-MAKING PROCESSES,FORMATION AND INTER-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUE IN CONSECRATED LIFE
The synodality of Pope Francis comes with lots of excitement, misgivings and misconceptions. Some have asked whether it is a product of coercion or freedom. Some have wondered whether it is a true renewal or a disguised trap. Some have questioned the intention of this synod. It is factual that every synod is shrouded in mystery and the Holy Spirit is the principle of communion and mission in the Church, the principle of synodality. The fears, anxiety, tensions, joys and excitement this synod has generated seem unprecedented in the recent history of the Church. The processes of this synodality will determine the 'shape of the future of the Church. We shall therefore examine in
this paper the virtues and vices that can make or mar the processes.
VOL 20 NO. 1, 2023: COMMUNION, PARTICIPATION AND MISSION IN THE CHURCH-AS-FAMILY: CONSECRATED LIFE AND THE PATH TOWARDS A SYNODAL CHURCH
The synodal life of the Church is rooted in the Scriptures and Tradition. God calls the whole human race to union with Him. Unity in Him is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and brought about through the ministry of the Church. In every period of her history, the Church rethinks her evangelising mission through various councils, synods, and assemblies. She affirms her nature as a pilgrim, always in movement with the vital reality of the society for whose salvation she is responsible. She hears the cry of pain and suffering of the people; therefore, she is profoundly synodal in the fulfilment of her salvific mission.
There are several forms of “synodality” developed in the early centuries and some forms of it are still experienced across the Church today. The Churches convoke synods to discuss doctrinal and pastoral issues relevant to their times. Vatican Council II brought the fruit of renewal in the promotion of ecclesial communion, episcopal collegiality, synodal awareness, and praxis, which we must welcome as gifts of the Holy Spirit for the journey of the People of God.