“The point of entry must always be ‘situatedness’.”

A priest friend alerted me to the Vatican website link promising to inform us about a spirituality of synodality (“walking together”).


Of course I rushed to that page, eager to read more about a spirituality of synodality (“walking together”), as one does.

I tried again and again and… again, longing for insight into a spirituality of synodality (“walking together”).

Finally, having navigated in the dark wood in which I found myself, success: a button leading to a PDF but without a copyable link… which I found anyway because in the Vatican they update their tech every 75 years whether it needs it or not.  HERE and then for the PDF HERE

Core points:

“It is not enough to have a synod. We must be a synod.”

“The point of entry must always be ‘situatedness’.”

Also, I found this graphic to be very instructive as I walk together in synodality toward “the beyond of the Spirit”:

Of course so long as those who desire traditional sacred liturgical worship are violently shoved to the periphery by their pastors, ignored and repressed, this is all B as in B, S as in S.


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  1. mbarkey says:

    Where is Christ in the graphic??

  2. hilltop says:

    It’s all so very 7th grade. Unless I miss its meaning, the tree image is utterly meaningless. But perhaps it’s there to communicate the synod’s uprootedness and groundlessness?

  3. JonPatrick says:

    Notice in the tree diagram there is nothing particularly Catholic or even Christian about it. Reminds me of some of the junk we used to get in the 1970s “I’m OK your OK’ and all that. The tree in the center seems a bit pagan.

  4. Orual says:

    Looks and sounds New Age to me. Are they worshipping the Spirit of the Tree?

    [Maybe it’s the Pachamama tree planted in the Vatican Gardens when they had the demon idol worship ceremony.]

  5. Lurker 59 says:

    If we notice, the tree is baren — it has no fruit. Has a year passed? Can we cut it down yet? Please.

  6. anthtan says:

    What is “the beyond of the spirit”? Sounds very new agey.

  7. InFormationDiakonia says:

    What meaningless drivel. This is a graphic wanting for useful information. So tired of the synod on synodality. Yawn.

  8. Uniaux says:

    “The beyond of the Spirit” … right.
    I had thought that maybe the tree graphic implied that if you had the things near the roots, these would bear the things near the branches, but that would make the existence of the poor and the peripheries a positive fruit of something.

    I hope strong drink was involved in the making of this.

  9. Herman Joseph says:

    As some of my students pithily put it when confronted with sheer inanity, “What the actual heck?” Really, this looks like a graphic put out by N.I.C.E.

  10. Gaetano says:

    Anglican bishops in Africa delivered a pointed critique of the errors of modern synodality this week.

    Their words are applicable to Catholics as well.


  11. Ipsitilla says:

    As a “synod of one” who is feeling extremely “situated,” the only way I can respond to this “beyond of the parody” is with a parody of my own.

  12. omgriley says:

    This has Bill Gates written all over it. Bill Gates and Paganism…

    Also, only a liberal DC university think-tank could make up a word as stupid as “situatedness”

    The HR-ification of the Church continues.

  13. The Vicar says:

    Oh, yes of course. It all makes sense. And took think I was confused about it all, just for a second.

    “It is not enough to have a synod. We must be a synod.”

    I remember Saint Paul, in his letter to the People of Easter Island, saying something similar.

  14. Kathleen10 says:

    The only people who talk like this that I know of are the nuns who wear pantsuits orders. They can get pretty far out there with cosmology and all that. It’s all so…70’s. I’m sure “the spirit” will be blowing in the wind at the groovy synod baby.

  15. TheCavalierHatherly says:

    The fruit of this tree looks pleasing to the sight. If I eat of it, shall I become like God?

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  17. Grant M says:

    I thought: I’ve seen that tree before- in the opening minutes of Captain America, First Avenger.

    So I googled images of Yggdrasil, and found an image of an uprooted tree, very similar to the Synodal one- except that instead of labels such as listening, contemplation and ecumenism, the labels said Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Niflheim and Muspelheim etc. OK, gotta admit the vikings have more interesting labels for an uprooted tree than the Synod does.

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