Submission to Synod on Synodality from Rainbow Catholics InterAgency for Ministry Australia
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4/18-19).
What is most needed is a clear revival of the mission of the church in terms of Luke 4. Guided by Catholic Social Teaching, we need to refocus on the mission of liberation with the marginalised, silenced and erased so as to offer life where there is despair, and hope for the downhearted. We suggest prioritising lay apostolate using “see, judge and act” method. This is an essential parish strategy for personal and social transformation that reaches the peripheries as established by the gospel as at the heart of the missionary journey.
We suggest this means holding back on moral and theological statements that seem to exclude, insult and reject so as to affirm people’s human dignity in their loves, life, stories and identity.
We suggest the church presents a gentle and compassionate face that values the gift of all people regardless of race, gender, colour, creed, gender or sexual diversity, marital status, cultural background, disabilities or class.
Can we please put aside the culture, liturgical, theological and class wars in favour of proclaiming a year acceptable to the Lord – especially for the poor, women, LGBTIQ people, the disabled and minorities in every culture?