An Ecclesial Perspective on the Synod – Robert Christian, OP
This symposium began with a presentation of Fr. Robert Christian, OP on the scope and competence of the Synod. He remarked that to maintain doctrinal orthodoxy must mean moving from what has been received through the tradition to a further articulation of that tradition in service to the questions of the day. In pursuing this work, the Synod has not been granted deliberative authority by the Pope but is consultative. It is made up of members of the College of Bishops which serves the church by seeking to conserve the faith intact by proclaiming that faith and judging what is in accord with it. Their task consists in clarifying the sensus fidei that belongs to all of the baptized whereby the faith of the Church can be expressed through its pastoral initiatives – in this case, concerning marriage and family.