Greater “leadership, discernment, and decision-making roles for women” were included as a desire in nearly all the synodal consultations.
“Another common hope for becoming a more welcoming Church revolved around removing barriers to accessibility and embracing those with special needs and their families, particularly as it relates to an individual’s sacramental life,” the report highlighted. “One of the regions reported a lack of inclusion because there are so few priests and other ministers who are fluent in American Sign Language. Families expressed great joy when steps of inclusion were taken, while many acknowledged the work still left to be done.”
Greater efforts should be made “to welcome diverse cultural and ethnic communities” and to overcome racism, according to the synthesis.
Concern over young people’s failure to practice the faith was widespread, and “young people themselves voiced a feeling of exclusion and desired to participate more fully as…