The Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, His Eminence Mario, Cardinal Grech told Irish bishops that embarking on a “synodal process” could lead to an “ecclesial springtime.”

In an address published on the Irish bishops’ conference website on March 4, Cardinal Grech said that it was “more than understandable” that the bishops might worry about whether embarking on a “synodal process” was “the right decision.”

He said:

“But keep in mind the assurance given to us by the Holy Father: ‘it is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.’ A synodal process promises an ecclesial springtime — a rebirth of an authentic Church.” 

Mario Cardinal Grech

The Maltese cardinal gave the address — entitled “Towards a Synodal Irish Church” — on Feb. 3. Sister Nathalie Becquart, one of two new under-secretaries of the Synod of Bishops, also took part in the meeting.

The Tablet, a British Catholic weekly, reported on March 1 that a committee of six Irish bishops had begun working on plans for a national synod and received advice from Grech.