Important Update on the Diocesan Synodal Process
On November 8th, the Diocese received a notice from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) indicating a new “roadmap” for our participation in the Synodal Process initiated by Pope Francis.
On October 29th, the Holy See announced that the deadline for the national phase of the consultations for the 2023 Synod of Bishops has been extended to August 15, 2022. Therefore, we are now able to extend our Diocesan consultation until March 31, 2022. This will give us adequate time to prepare our Diocesan report which is to be submitted to the Assembly of Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) and subsequently to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pope Francis stated in his introduction to the Synodal process, that he wants the voices of the entire Church to be heard. The change in submission dates is a result of appeals made to the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops for more time in order to obtain responses from the widest cross section of the faithful throughout the world.