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As a constitutive dimension of the Church, synodality gives us the more appropriate interpretive framework to understand the hierarchical ministry. If we understand as St. John Chrysostom did, that “church and synod are synonymous,” H. Johannes Chrysostomos, In Ps.. 149: PG 55, 493 since the Church means nothing other than the common journey of the Flock of God along the paths of history towards the encounter of Christ Lord, then we understand that within the Church, no one can be raised up higher than the others. On the contrary, in the Church, it is necessary that each person be “lowered ” in order to serve his or her brothers and sisters along the way.

Jesus founded the Church by placing at its head the Apostolic College, in which the apostle Peter is the “rock”. Vgl. Mt. 16, 18 the one who will confirm his brothers in the faith. Vgl. Lc. 22, 32 But in this church, as in an inverted pyramid, the summit is located below the base. For those who exercise this authority are called “ministers” because, according to the original meaning of the word, they are the least of all. It is in serving the people of God that each Bishop becomes for that portion of the flock entrusted to him, vicarius Christi, Vgl. 2e Vaticaans Concilie, Constitutie, Over de Kerk, Lumen Gentium (21 nov 1964), 27 vicar of that Jesus who at the Last Supper stooped to wash the feet of the Apostles.  Vgl. Joh. 13, 1-15 And in a similar manner, the Successor of Peter is none other than the servus servorum Dei (Servant of the servants of God). Vgl. Paus Franciscus, Toespraak, Aan het slot van de Buitengewone Synode over het gezin, De synode heeft de waarheden over het huwelijk nooit ter discussie gesteld (18 okt 2014), 7

Let us never forget this! For the disciples of Jesus, yesterday, today and always, the only authority is the authority of the service, the only power is the power of the cross, in the words of the Master: “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their leaders oppress them. It shall not be so among you: but whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave” (Mt. 20, 25-27). “It shall not be so among you:” in this expression we touch the heart of the mystery of the Church and receive the necessary light to understand hierarchical service.

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Naam: VIERING VAN DE 50E VERJAARDAG VAN DE OPRICHTING VAN DE BISSCHOPPENSYNODE
Aula Paulus VI
Soort: Paus Franciscus - Toespraak
Auteur: Paus Franciscus
Datum: 17 oktober 2015
Copyrights: © 2015, Libreria Editrice Vaticana / Salt & Light
Voorlopig Engelstalige werkvertaling
Bewerkt: 27 september 2018

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