The global Roman Catholic Church is in the midst of a wide-ranging process of consultation called the Synod on Synodality that will help to determine the future of the 1.3 billion-member Church and how it relates to the world. The first stage of this two-year endeavor involves listening sessions at individual parishes and dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which will submit reports to be compiled at a national level and ultimately sent to Rome.
Naturally, the question arises: Why include ICJS in an internal process of the Catholic Church? One answer is that the Church wants to include organizations it interacts with, including those that are non-Catholic and non-Christian, as part of its broad, bottom-up approach to consultation.
To learn more about the Synod process, please visit Archdiocese of Baltimore: Synodal Process Frequently Asked Questions.