Knights leader will promote family, laity at New Evangelization synod
“I would hope to make a contribution in both those aspects, the importance of family and the importance of the laity,” Anderson told CNA in a Sept. 27 interview.
Both John Paul II and Benedict XVI have said “the role of the laity can be decisive in the new evangelization,” he recalled.
As for the family, Anderson explained, it is both an “evangelizing subject and object”: families can both proclaim the good news, and the gospel is proclaimed to and within the family.
The gathering of 200 bishops, experts and observers from around the globe will take place at the Vatican Oct. 7-28 under the title of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”
Anderson was invited to participate in the synod as an auditor by Pope Benedict, which means his primary task is to offer counsel and contribute to the discussions of the synod.
He said the forthcoming gathering is “tremendously important” in the Church’s life because “the new evangelization is the way for the Church to move forward … in Europe and in the Western Hemisphere especially.”
Anderson, who has already participated in three synods, described the day to day structure of a Vatican synod as “pretty filled with work.” He said the day begins usually with a general session, “in which there are interventions by various members of the hierarchy and experts,” with “discussion of various drafts and papers that are presented.”
There are then working groups, to which individuals are assigned based on their language abilities. These groups, he explained, offer the opportunity for discussion and “really in-depth analysis of various questions that are presented to the synod.”
After the synod wraps-up, the recommendations and ideas that come out of it are sent to a committee that drafts a working document which is presented to the Pope. [More]