The Synod on Synodality at the Vatican began voting on the results of its first four-week session on Saturday afternoon. Some 350 participants, including women with voting rights for the first time, were called upon to adopt a final report of around 35 pages. The final draft will be voted on section by section. The text is intended to record common views in the world-church debate on a new style of church leadership as well as proposals and open questions. The Bishops Synod will continue in October 2024
The dominant theme of this year's meeting was the question of which new ways of decision-making the Catholic Church should enable in the future. In addition to a noticeable decentralisation of the worldwide church, the deliberations called for a better involvement of the church's grassroots and a reduction of clerical power. The access of women to church offices was also a topic.
The results and proposals listed in the final report in 20 points with about 15 sub-points each were to be voted on individually on Saturday afternoon. According to the synod rules, only those points that receive a two-thirds majority of yes votes are considered adopted. Abstentions are not possible. The publication of the result is expected for the early evening. (KNA)