Last month’s Synod on Synodality in Rome is perhaps one of the most important ecclesial gatherings to take place since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s. But what exactly happened remains unclear. 

On this episode, Commonweal editor Dominic Preziosi is joined by two experts on Vatican affairs to help explain and contextualize the synod’s work. 

Paul Elie is a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center and a regular contributor to Commonweal and the New Yorker, which sent him to Rome for a week to report on the synod. 

Anna Rowlands, Professor of Catholic Social Thought at Durham University in the United Kingdom, helped draft the synod’s working documents and served as an observer and expert theological advisor in the synod hall. 

For further reading:

  • Austen Ivereigh’s report from Rome 
  • Massimo Faggioli’s analysis of the synod
  • Commonweal’s collection of articles on the synod
“It’s hard to see how the synod will resonate if we don’t actually know what happened.”—Paul Elie
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