In this video, Cardinal Mario Grech, the Secretary General of the Synod on synodality, discusses the preparations for the assembly of bishops in October 2023. He expresses his personal hopes and objectives for the outcome of the Synod, emphasizing the importance of a synodal Church for mission. He also addresses criticism of the Synod and acknowledges the fears of those who oppose the people of God and the hierarchy. Cardinal Grech explains that the theme of the Synod is for the synodal Church and that other hot-button issues will not be addressed in this particular synodal assembly. He also comments on the German synodal path and emphasizes the importance of listening to the Word of God in the light of tradition and magisterium. The agenda for the Synod is already set by Jesus Christ, and the Church must make time for prayer and reflection in order to become more spiritual and attentive to the winds of the world.
Andreas Thonhauser is EWTN Vatican Bureau Chief. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the WU Executive Academy in Vienna and a Master’s degree in German Philology/Anglistics and Americanistics from the University of Vienna. Prior to joining EWTN, Thonhauser worked as the Director of External Affairs for a global human rights organization, and for several media outlets in Vienna, Austria.