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Glossary

Here is how I understand certain words when I use them on this website. These definitions need to be reviewed and confirmed by experts.

teaching

A written text about the Good News that has been produced and published by the Church and may be translated into different human languages.

sacrament

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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensus_fidelium

common sense

Der gesunde Menschenverstand.

Synodality

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.

See the short explanation elaborated in Estonia

Synodal Church

The future church institution that will be founded and lead by Pope Francis (if my vision becomes real).

church institution

A legal person in the visible world that represents and teaches her particular interpretation of the Gospel.

benediction

A short invocation for divine help, blessing and guidance.