Synod on Synodality

ACCCR Response to the Synod Synthesis Report

In this response, ACCCR assesses the progress made by the October 2024 Synod session as presented in the Synthesis Report on 28 October 2023.


The pre-Synod exclusion of core church teaching and doctrinal positions from the agenda and the quarantining of items for further study meant that many issues at the heart of Christianity, especially those related to spirituality, theology and liturgical practice, are not to be addressed. The focus was on the organisation, its structure, practices and way of operating. Organisational matters certainly need to be addressed but in the absence of a consideration of the raison d’etre of the organisation (the church), the document  is something of a hit-and-miss affair.  


ACCCR Response to Pope Francis' On Promoting Theology

Catholic theology is at a turning point. On 1 November 2023, Pope Francis endorsed a major evolution. It is, as it always has been, a search for understanding but it is no longer restricted to Scripture and Tradition as sources. Francis is clear; the experience of human living is an essential source of theological reflection. The traditional description, “faith seeking understanding” has been declared inadequate and has been superseded.


The human experience of the faithful, the concrete situations in which we live, and the knowledge we gain through our relationships with one another are genuine sources of mature theology.

No official English translation has been issued to date (18/5/24). The button below leads to an an unofficial translation by Daniel Madigan S.J. 


ACCCR Comments on Towards October 2024

This commentary is written in relation to the application of the Directions/Guidelines in the Latin Church in Australia.
ACCCR comments are in italics.

Towards October 2024 is a set of Directions produced by the Ordinary Council of the General
Secretariat of the Synod to ‘enable us to continue the journey’. The document states that they are
based on the Synthesis Report which constitutes the reference point for the journey of the People
of God in the time between the two Sessions. However, it takes a prescriptive rather than synodal
approach to how Catholics are to respond to the Synthesis Report