The Archdiocese of Bangkok held the third meeting of its diocesan synod on Saturday, December 18, for members to vote on proposals made earlier during consultations in communities.
Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Bangkok said the proposals are the results of the “synodal journey” of studies and discussions among synod members during meetings held in October.
The prelate described it note only as a result of “walking together and listening to one another but above all to the Holy Spirit.” He said that aside from discussions, the sessions were also “moments of prayer” and a “process of spiritual discernment.”
A statement from the archdiocese said the synodal process “started with and involved all the faithful” who attended the consultations and dialogue.
It said the process involved “listening to all, especially to laypeople, on the theme of ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,’” using a preparatory document and questionnaire provided by the Vatican.
Cardinal Kriengsak said the meeting on Saturday was the end of the diocesan phase for the Archdiocese of Bangkok, which will later incorporate the synodal results with other dioceses in the country.
A second phase, dubbed the continental phase, will take place next year and the final phase will culminate in the Synod of Bishops in Rome in October 2023.
Father Michael Picharn Jaiseri, provincial superior of the Redemptorists in Thailand, welcomed the result of the synodal process in Bangkok.
“I personally feel the future direction of the Church, that we should focus more on the young and old people,” said the priest, adding that the proposals approved during the meeting cover current issues facing the Church.
Professor Wiriya Namsiripongpan told LiCAS News in an interview that he was delighted that the Church did not forget persons with disabilities in the synodal process.
“I am particularly hopeful to see that new technology, including our own platforms will be used for the pastoral care and evangelization of the Church,” he said.