Synod felt ‘sorrow’ over church’s treatment of women, says Bishop Flores

By Joshua J. McElwee and Christopher White, 9 December 2023
Women members of the faithful are seen during Mass at Christ the King Parish, North Rocks. Image: Diocese of Parramatta


The bishops taking part in Pope Francis’ recent major Vatican summit on the future of the Catholic Church wanted to express “a certain amount of sorrow” over how women have been treated by the global faith institution, said one of the American prelates who took part in the gathering.

In an exclusive interview with National Catholic Reporter, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said the delegates at the Oct. 4-29 Synod of Bishops wanted to show recognition of “how the church has not, in her leadership or in the way it works … appreciated the sacrifice and [that] in so many parts of the world [what] continues to make the church viable is the work of women.”

Flores, who was one of 12 U.S. bishops taking part in the October assembly, said the synod wanted to consider how to make the church “a more perfect communion where we do work more cohesively in a mutual recognition of gifts.”

Flores, who is also the lead coordinator of the U.S. bishops’ national consultation process for the synod, spoke to NCR as part of “The Vatican Briefing” podcast.

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With thanks to the National Catholic Reporter, where this article originally appeared.


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