Commentary: For decades, Hispanic Catholics have been modeling practices of synodal consultation, thinking and dialogue. The rest of the Catholic community could learn from the experience that Hispanic Catholics and others have from participating in national Encuentros.
In 2021, 24 Latino leaders from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, will start a year of intensive leadership formation. Latinos are underrepresented in church leadership, despite being more than one-third of Catholics in the U.S.
A broader sense of synodality is about proper recognition of the place of all the baptized faithful in the prudential discernment about church decision-making and governance. It is what the church might look like at its best.