(Zenit) The Full Text of Pope Francis' Opening Words at the Synod of Bishops

A basic general condition is this: to speak clearly. No one must say: “This can’t be said; he will think of me this way or that ”¦” It is necessary to say everything that is felt with parrhesia. After the last Consistory (February 2014), in which there was talk of the family, a Cardinal wrote to me saying: too bad that some Cardinals didn’t have the courage to say some things out of respect for the Pope, thinking, perhaps, that the Pope thought something different. This is not good; this is not synodality, because it is necessary to say everything that in the Lord one feels should be said, with human respect, without fear. And, at the same time, one must listen with humility and receive with an open heart what the brothers say. Synodality will be exercised with these two attitudes.

Therefore, I ask you, please, for these attitudes of brothers in the Lord: to speak with parrhesia and to listen with humility.

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5 comments on “(Zenit) The Full Text of Pope Francis' Opening Words at the Synod of Bishops

  1. Catholic Mom says:

    Not a fan of indaba apparently. 🙂

  2. Pb says:

    I thought the same. It sounds like he wants real dialogue and not the TEC kind.

  3. Terry Tee says:

    I had to google parrhesia. It means ‘to speak with candour’.

  4. CSeitz-ACI says:

    Sounds like the Holy Father was challenging the opposite of Indaba: fawning yet not candid behavior and speech. Every church body has its spiritual challenges. Good for him.

  5. MichaelA says:

    Well said.