The Synod “is not a Parliament, where in order to reach consensus or a common agreement are used negotiations, pacts and compromises. The only way of working is the Synod is by opening to the Holy Spirit with apostolic courage, evangelical humbleness and prayer full of hope, so that it may guide and enlighten us, and put under our eyes, through our personal opinions, faith in God, faithfulness to the magisterium, the good of the Church and the salus animarum (salvation of souls)”. The Pope recalled it during the opening of bishops’ meeting, called to discuss on one of the topics the Church cares much about: family. In Francis’ words, it is a “walking together in the spirit of collegiality and synodal action” by adopting “courageously the parrhesia, that is, the pastoral and doctrinal zeal, wisdom, and frankness, as well as always putting under our eyes the good of the Church, of the families, and of the suprema lex, the salus animorum“.
This meeting, he recalled, allows the Church to reflect “on faithfulness to the deposit of faith”, that does not represent for it a museum to look at nor to be safeguarded, but a living source from which the Church quenches its thirst to quench and illuminate the deposit of life”. Therefore “the synod moves necessarily in the bosom of the Church and among the holy people of God, of which we are a part in quality of servants”. We need “apostolic courage”, “evangelic humbleness”, and “prayer full of hope”, said Bergoglio. Especially the apostolic courage it takes “not to transform our Christian life in a museum for memories”. The Pope then thanked the present journalists and those who “follow us from afar. Thank you for your passionate participation and admirable attention”.