Here is how I understand certain words when I use them on this website. These definitions need to be reviewed and confirmed by experts.
A Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance.
- sensus fidei¶
A universal consent in matters of faith and morals, manifested by the whole people of God, from the bishops to the last of the faithful.
- common sense¶
Der gesunde Menschenverstand.
Synodality (from Greek συν together + ὁδός way, journey) is the name used by the Roman Catholic church to describe its particular organization model (modus vivendi et operandi), which it has been using since its beginnings, but which is not yet documented in a systematic way.
While the word “synod” has been widely used since ancient times to designate a church council, the adjective form “synodal” and the derived noun “synodality” are neologisms that emerged during the pontificate of Pope Francis.
The first known public use of the word in this meaning is by Pope Francis during a speech on 20151017. It is described by the International Theological Commission as “the decision to journey together” and “a prophetic sign for the human family, which needs a shared project capable of pursuing the good of all”. (20180302)
- Synod on Synodality¶
The 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome in October 2023. The goal of this synod is to document more clearly the “modus vivendi et operandi” of the Church: How it works in daily life, how it is governed, how decisions are made, how it collaborates with the public.
- Synodal Church¶
- church institution¶
A short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance.
An individual human who has declared before a community of other Baptized that she wants to follow the teachings of the Church. An the community has confirmed that they trust this declaration.
A “certified Christian”.