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A New Vocabulary: Delta, Omicron, Co-responsibility, Synodality


We live in a very new world. Covid has radically reshaped the structure of our society. We have had to get our head around not only new vocabulary such as Delta and Omicron but we have to recognise that the way we live and the way we interact with others will be very different to what we once considered normative. Similarly, within the Catholic Church, new vocabulary has appeared, notably the terms ‘Synodality and ‘Co-responsibility’ and it is reasonable to assume that if these take root there will be seismic changes in the life and structures of the Church. Getting one’s head around these new terms and their implications for how we function as a church will require significant up-skilling and unpacking.

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