“The Family Synod must discuss global issues, not just European” say African bishops

synodBishops from Africa foresee a danger of ‘European domination’ in the upcoming family Synod, and their fear seems reasonable considering the past history. The African Church leaders said that the Synod of bishops to take place this October must have a global perspective, and should not be confined to the discussion of isolated issues found in western society.

Fr. Joseph Healey of the Maryknoll Society expressed his inhibitions about the chance that voices of the European Church could dominate synod discussion. “There is a danger of a Eurocentric Synod without strong input from Africa” he said.

The African bishops and Church leaders gathered in Nairobi, Kenya for the the final phase of three-year evaluation of the Catholic Church on Africa. The meeting was titled, ““The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world”.