Movement to Restore Trust, September 20, 2022

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has reported back to the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) on the Synod on Synodality submissions for Region XVI that included the MRT’s report.

According to the USCCB, “The document (attached) is an attempt to synthesize and contextualize the common joys, hopes, and wounds called forth with the help of the Holy Spirit in the unfolding of the Synod. The National Synthesis simply tries faithfully to express what emerged from the consultations. While not a complete articulation of the many topics and perspectives shared in the listening process, this synthesis is an attempt to express the broader themes that seemed most prevalent in the dioceses and regions of our country. Its writing is the fruit of an intensive time of prayer, reflection, and discernment by those on the U.S. Synod writing team.”

There were only 112 reports from within the United States submitted to the USCCB, so the MRT is one of a relatively small number of organizations that participated in this process. There is an anonymous reference to the MRT’s work begun in 2018 that accounted for a large percentage of individuals involved in synodal discussions. The USCCB did an admirable job of summarizing what must have been a wide-ranging set of submissions.

Our thanks to the myriad MRT members who contributed to our report.

“Attentive listening in the Church provides the catalyst for engaging discernment.”

With gratitude,

The MRT Organizing Committee

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