As the Diocese of Bismarck has become a much more diverse body of Catholic faithful, the pastoral needs of the diocese have also become more diverse. The Second Vatican Council understood that the institution of the Diocesan Synod would be an invaluable tool for implementing the legislation and pastoral initiatives that are relevant to the needs of particular churches. As stated in Christus Dominus:
This sacred ecumenical synod earnestly desires that the venerable institution of synods and
councils flourish with fresh vigor. In such a way faith will be deepened and discipline preserved
more fittingly and efficaciously in the various churches, as the needs of the times require.
As the Second Synod of the Diocese of Bismarck approaches, the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the diocese have a special responsibility to reflect on the needs of the local church as a whole in order to bring informed concerns and ideas to the Bishop and members of the Synod. The role of the faithful in the Synod, while providing invaluable assistance to the Bishop, must also be properly understood as consultative to the Bishop and not a role which has the prerogative to challenge the Bishop’s apostolic authority. Below is a link to a presentation containing a brief history on Diocesan Synods and a summary of the Second Synod of the Diocese of Bismarck.
Diocesan Synod Presentation
Decree of Convocation
Decree of Appointment
The following text is the proposed Diocesan Synod. The final document will be released in 2017. Comments and suggestions from the faithful are welcomed and encouraged. You may email your input to: firstname.lastname@example.org.