This synod won’t draw the attention that last one did on the Eucharist. But the Word of God is no doubt an important topic. Zenit released Rome’s “lineamenta,” or outline for this October’s synod. It includes a set of questions at the end of each section. Naturally, we lay folk are not invited to give a formal response, but imagine the spirit of the Catholic Church if we were actually encouraged to do more than complain about liturgical abuses? You can bet that most of my favorite “charitable” blogs aren’t going to go in depth on these questions. Even I’ll confess it’s a lot easier writing critiques than positive essays. Maybe we all need some practice.
Take a shot, if you wish, at these three questions asked of the world’s bishops from the introduction:
1. What “signs of the times” in your country give this Synod on the Word of God a particularly timely character? What do people expect from it?
2. What is the relation of the preceding Synod on the Eucharist to the present one on the Word of God?
3. Do experiences and practises with the Bible exist in your particular Church? What are they? Do Bible groups exist? Describe them and their activities.
And I offer a question of my own: how many bishops would ponder lay input on these questions and add them to their own offerings at this synod?