"In 1971, they Synod of Bishops wrote, “While the Church is bound to give witness to justice, she recognizes that anyone who ventures to speak to people about justice must first be just in their eyes. Hence we must undertake an examination of the modes of acting and of the possessions and life style found within the Church herself.”
As we come to the 2019 Special Pan-Amazonian Synod which will begin in a few days, we ask to what degree this prophetic 1971 statement of the bishops is being fulfilled.
Because the synod is dealing with the serious issues of reclaiming the health of our planet and our church, we know that the voice of women will be critical.
Yet, we know that women religious who are invited as auditors at this upcoming synod will not have a deliberative voice because they will not be able to vote.
So today, we want to explore this question of justice within the church through the lens of the work of women religious. "