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Auditors speak out, the Pope says "listen and learn" and the Union of Superior Generals did request that five of their seats to women religious
October 17, 2015
by Deb Rose-Milavec
Today, on the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis urged bishops to "listen" and "learn' from Catholics and their families.  He urged them to respect the "sensus fidei" because "the flock has a 'nose' for discerning the new paths that the Lord is opening up to the church."
He laid out the essentials for determining the final pastoral reforms emerging from the synod.  
1.  Listen and learn from Catholics and their families.
2.  Listen to each other.
3.  Listen to the him.

Shifting the locus of authority from solely traditional sources to the lived experience of Catholics and their families, Pope Francis rejects a Church whose modus operandi is strict doctrinal control.  Instead he wants a Church rooted in pastoral care and the most effective way to get there is to listen and learn from Catholics themselves.    

In an unusually straightforward manner, Pope Francis reminds them to listen to him. He cites his role as unifier, but he may also be signaling that he will use his authority to make the changes he believes is necessary for the Church if the bishops at the synod do not deliver real reform.  

Benedictine Abbot Jeremias Schröder clarifies:  The Union of Superior Generals did ask to share their voting spots with women religious.
Abbot Schroder said he had hoped for a greater presence of women religious. He confirmed that a request was made by the men's Union of Superior Generals to give half of their 10 places to representatives of the women's religious orders. After a meeting with the secretariat of the synod, the women were given three places, although they did not have a vote like their male peers do.
"There is a small recognition that women religious must be present," he said. "I had hoped that those nuns, who are involved in so many apostolates of the family, would be a much greater presence than it is currently."
Who is shaping the small language group reports?
Last week, we sent you a list of the English and German speaking groups who are shaping the synod work.  Below is a listing of the French, Italian and Spanish groups as well. Knowing who is in the groups, who is moderating, who is summarizing and relaying the interventions is important as you read the small group reports from week oneweek two and as we head into the final week of discussions

Finally, the auditors and experts have their say
On Friday, at the end of two weeks of interventions and discussions, the auditors and experts finally had their chance to speak on the synod floor.  

At the Friday press briefing, Fr. Thomas Rosica, the English speaking assistant to the Holy See Press office said that laypeople play an important part in the discussions at their synod on the family.  "At the heart of the synod is human sexuality. And oftentimes it's muted and we don't know how to talk about it, because most of us in the room are male celibates," he said, citing comments of unnamed bishops.
New Zealand auditor

Sharron Cole of New Zealand was one of those voices the bishops heard on Friday.  She was not afraid to point out Church failures and as such, it is worth reading her complete intervention.  She challenged the Church to stop judging, labelling and rejecting brother and sister Catholics.  She also challenged the Church's stance on Humanae Vitae.
Holy Father, excellencies, fellow Catholics.
When Jesus was asked "what is the greatest commandment?", he replied "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself."
Have we as a Church failed to practise this charity? The experience of many lay people has been of being judged, of being labelled as "intrinsically disordered" and of being rejected by their Christian community. There are those who have walked away never to return and the others who are just waiting, hoping to again be fully in communion with the Church. They say that this failure to love enough is the reason. The Catechism says "The fruits of charity are joy, peace, and mercy". Charity demands beneficence, friendship and communion. When we as Church are not merciful and in communion with our own, is this not a failure of the virtue of charity?
The exercise of charity and mercy requires deep insight into the reality of a person's life. That reality is best understood by those who live it. However many lay people believe the Church does not understand the realities of their lives. Lay people are not trusted to make good decisions in conscience and they often feel subjected to exacting rules which take no account of context or of stages of spiritual development.
The Church's vision on conjugal love and responsible parenthood as expressed in Humanae Vitae has great beauty and depth. However its declaration that "sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive [is] so intrinsically wrong provoked massive dissent from the moment the encyclical was promulgated. Many Catholic married couples have made their own decision in conscience about how to exercise responsible parenthood which may mean the use of artificial contraception. For some, this has meant leaving the church. Others remain but often with a sense of unease.
As an ex board member of Natural Family Planning, I know that this method of contraception permitted by Humanae Vitae is an effective method for motivated couples. However for many couples, the method is simply not practicable -they may hold multiple low-wage jobs, have mental health problems, or struggle for diverse reasons. Every family has difficulties which might lead them for a period of time to use artificial contraception in the interests of responsible parenting. Marriage naturally leads to a desire for children which is a biological imperative and a great grace of the sacrament. In my experience, very few couples suppress this desire with its constraints tending to be the couple's resources to cope, not selfishness.
The response of the Church to this unsatisfactory situation has been for better catechesis or to ignore the dissent. This "paralysed status quo" cannot continue. The matter must be discussed afresh because lay people will not be content to leave it to clergy alone. Too many in authority responded to clergy sexual abuse in a way which demonstrated that they lacked the expertise in sexuality and psychology to make good decisions, with the result they became complicit in perpetuating enormous harm, harm done to lay people.
It will take not more catechesis but rather listening with deep empathy to restore the credibility of the Church in matters of sexual ethics. The time is now for this synod to propose that the Church re-examine its teaching on marriage and sexuality, and its understanding of responsible parenthood, in a dialogue of laity and bishops together.
Malta auditor
Sr. Carmen Sammut of Malta also called for significant changes.

When the Instrumentum Laboris speaks of the Church it sometimes refers to the People of God, that is to all of us, and more often refers to the hierarchy. This is not without significance. If the image of Church is the People of God, then we, the laity, would be expected to bring our knowledge to the discernment processes of the Church, in view of decision-making, always in union with the Pope and our Bishops.
This would influence the way dioceses and parishes work. The diocesan budget would include the formation of women, men and youth to be leaders in the Church. On most of the issues raised here in the Synod, such as bio-technology, it would be useful to have teams of clergy and laity (from all walks of life and in their capacity as theologians, biblical scholars, scientists, sociologists, pastoral workers canon lawyers) bring their lived knowledge and scholarship and reflect together in the light of the Gospel. I see this as part of the Mission of the family in the Church.
One area where such interdisciplinary teams made up of couples as well as religious would bring a change is in the formation of ordained ministers.
Another particular area where much discernment is necessary is with respect to responsible parenthood. In our pastoral, health and education ministries we are called to listen to and accompany women who have children and know they do not have the financial and other resources to bring up another child. Natural family planning methods are not always useful for a couple's growth in mutual love nor are they always possible, especially if the husband is not cooperative or regularly absent. My hope is that the Church engages in this discernment with
couples and with scientists, so as to rethink how to put together her very essential teaching of openness to life, the prohibition of abortion and the plight of these couples.
I really dream of a Church where each one is called to give his or her part for the construction of the whole.
United States auditors

Sr. Maureen Kelleher made some powerful statements on Friday.  

Holy Father, brothers and sisters

At Paragraph 72 we read "The Church must instill in families a sense of we in which no member is forgotten.  Everyone ought to be encouraged to develop their skills and accomplish their personal plan of life in service of the Kingdom of God."

I am grateful for the social encyclicals of our church and her advocacy for immigrants and option for the poor.  I am grateful for my Catholic education for the nuns who taught me --Franciscans, Ursulines, Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary.  They challenged me to give a life of service for the building of the Kingdom of God.  As a Sister of the Sacred Heart of Mary since 1960 I serve now these past 31 years as a lawyer working for justice and the immigration needs of the migrant farm workers in south rural  Florida.

I call on the Church, my family to live up to the challenge to instill in our family the church a sense of WE encourage each person male or female to develop their skills to serve the Kingdom of God.  I ask our Church leaders to recognize how many women who feel called to be in service of the Kingdom of God cannot find a place in our Church.  Gifted though some may be many cannot bring their talents to the tables of decision making and pastoral planning.  They must go elsewhere to be of service in building the Kingdom of God.

In 1974 at the Synod on  Evangelization, one of our nuns, Sister Marguerite Marie was one of two nuns appointed from the Union of  Superiors General. 
Today, 40 years later, we are 3!

I love my law practice with immigrants but find a high percent of my clients are victims of domestic violence sexual abuse, and  parents of sexually abused children.  I have yet to hear a homily in the wealthy or poor parishes in my area calling men to see their spouse as partner, as equal, and  to stop their practices of power, domination, and violence, and  to value the innocence of children.  I urge this silence to stop.  Also I urge that priests receive  better  pastoral formation to accompany these victims.  They need to  know an abusive home is no place to raise a child.

I close with a congratulations for all those cardinals inspired by the Holy Spirit who gave us  Pope Francis.  He is such a gift.  Now people of all different faiths and some with no faith who know I am a sister stop me to say I love your pope.

When Cathy and Tony Witzcak, the U.S. couple had a chance to speak they made some solid suggestions for ministry and for priest formation.
1.  The Church must offer quality programs, especially engaged 
and married couples, or it risks being dismissed as irrelevant in 
today's world.

2.  We should not continually separate husband and wife for 
ministry in the parish, but rather let their sacrament shine by allowing 
them to work as a team.

3.  If a church is meant to be a family of families, then we should 
encourage our seminarians to be priests in love with their people, 
not merely priests in charge of a parish. Our faith is based on 
relationship with God, but it is learned and lived out in relationship 
with others. 
Columbia auditors

Luis and María Angélica Rojas have been married for 23 years and have two children. They're members of the Focolare Movement, a Catholic lay effort.  In an interview, they spoke about their convictions and their interventions in the synod hall emphasizing the need for more lay participation and less clericalism.

1.  The Church has been very absent in the matter of marriage preparation, accepting young couples that weren't prepared for the challenge.

2.  The Church has also recognized that we have to welcome with mercy those who have failed. With mercy and truth. We can't keep them out.

3.  The couple emphasized the role of laity.  "We're all Church," said María Angélica. "Often, we say that it's the priests, the hierarchy, that is responsible, but we, the laity, are also part of the Church, and together, we're responsible. We can't leave the formation of communities and families solely in their hands," she said.In a meeting in Rome last January for a meeting of movements that focus their pastoral work on the family, "excessive clericalism," was one of the issues discussed."This is a very important step that we feel the synod is welcoming," María Angélica added. "Many bishops are asking, 'How do we do this?' Many are raising their voice, sharing their experience of having welcomed the laity into their parishes." 
A view of the process at the Synod
Last Wednesday, Sr. Maureen Kelleher, one of the women religious chosen to participate as an auditor at the synod,  described her days in the synod hall.

We work 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and reconvene 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 
6 days a week. In the plenary sessions a participant with voice gives 
a timed 3-minute presentation with his recommendations. Then the next person is called on; however, there is no discussion between presentations. 
The Pope stays through all these sessions and mingles during the 
coffee break. Some days we work in small groups and I get to speak.
I think the process is working well, and I recommend it for our US Congressional hearings...especially the adherence to 3 minutes. 
No votes have been taken yet so it is too early to see the strength of 
any idea. The Pope has stressed this is not legislative body but a 
consultative one, and asked us not to give the press our synopsis 
of the discussions. Certainly the final writing committee will face a 
daunting job.
Who's who in the small language groups

French Group "A"
                                                                                                                              LACROIX Gerald Cyprien, Sua Card            Moderator
ULRICH LaurentSua Mons                         Relator                    
ATANGA, S.l. Joseph, Sua Mons.  
BANSHIMlYUBUSA Gervais, Sua Mons.
-Luc, Sua Mons.
COUDRA Y, S.L Henri, Sua Mons.
OLA Nicolas, Sua Mons.
GARMOU Ramzi, Sua Ecc
.za Mons.
GUILA VOGUI Raphael Balla, Sua Mons.
MES lean-Paul, Sua Mons.
KLEDA Samuel, Sua Mons.
LOVEY, C.R.B. lean-Marie, Sua Mons.
NGASSONGO Urbain, Sua Mons.
PONTIER Georges, Sua Mons.
SAMA loseph, Sua Mons.
SIMARD Noöl, Sua Mons.
TAURAN Jean-Louis, Sua Card                                                       
YOUNAN Ignace YoussifIII, Sua Beatitudine
Experts (2)
MONETA Paolo, Prof.
Auditors (2)
KENNE SOB in KOLA Aicha Marianne, Sig.ra
KOLA Irenee
, Sig.
French Group B

SARAH Robert, Sua Card                              Moderator
DUMORTIER, S.l. Francois-Xavier, Rev, P                            Relator 
BACKIS Audrys Juozas, Sua Card.
nace, Sua Mons.
BONNY Johan Jozef, Sua Rev
.ma Mons.
DOC Paul, Sua Mons.
DANNEELS Godfried, Sua Em
.za Card                                                    
GHABROYAN Gregoire Pierre XX, Sua Beatitudine
HOSER, S.A.C. Henryk, Sua Mons.
JANSON, P.F.J. Herve, Fr.
LAXAGUE Pedro Maria, Sua Mons.
MAMBERTI Dominique
, Sua Card.
.za Card.
OGO Philippe Nakellentuba, Sua Card.
AN, C.S.C. Yves-Marie, Sua Mons.
RAI, O.M.M. Bechara Boutros, Sua Beatitudine Card. 
SCOLA Angelo, Sua Card.
TEMBO NLANDU, C.LC.M. Philibert, Sua Mons.
-Nestor, Sua Mons.
Experts (2)
DJOGBEDE Leopold, Sig.
RUYSSEN, S.L Georges Henri, Rev. P.
SALLOUM Georges Fayez, Sig.
uheila Rizk, Sig.ra
, Sig.ra
Fraternal Delegates (1)
IOSIF, Sua Eminenza
French Groups "C"
PIAT, C.S.Sp. Maurice, Sua Mons             Moderator 
DUROCHER Paul-Andre, Sua Mons          Relator 

ANDARI Antoine Nabil, Sua Mons.
BACOUNI Georges, Sua Mons.
CADORE, O.P. Bruno, Rev. P.
DEMBELE Jonas, Sua Mons.                                                        
HOUNDEKON Eugene Cyrille, Sua Mons.
KAMBANDA Antoine, Sua Mons.
LONGA Jaeques Danka, Sua Mons.
MANGKHANEKHOUN Louis-Marie Ling, Sua Mons.
NDIAYE Benjamin, Sua Mons.
OUELLET, P.S.S. Mare, Sua Card.
SAKO Louis Raphael I, Sua Beatitudine
SEDRAK Ibrahim Isaae, Sua Beatitudine
TAKAMI, P.S.S. Joseph Mitsuaki, Sua Mons.
.za Mons.
. Jean-Paul, Sua Mons.
Experts (2)
MUSONI, S.D.B. Aimable, Rev. P.
SEQUERT Pierangelo,
MIGNONAT Christian, Sig
MIGNONAT Nathalie, Sig.ra
SAMMUT, S.M.N.D.A. Carmen, Rev.da Suora
Fraternal Delegates(l)
STEPHANOS, Sua Eminenza
Italian Group "A"

MONTENEGRO Francesco, Sua Card      Moderato                ARROBA CONDE, C.M.F. Manuel Jesüs, Rev. P              Relator
BASSETTI Gualtiero, Sua Card.
CAFFARRA Carlo, Sua Card. FR
CELLI Claudio Maria, Sua Mons.
COCCOPALMERIO Francesco, Sua Card.
FISICHELLA Salvatore, Sua Mons.
GADECKI Stanislaw, Sua Mons.
KOCSIS Fülöp, Sua Mons.
PINTO Pio Vito, Sua Mons.
RYLKO Stanislaw, Sua Card.
SANDRI Leonardo
, Sua Card.
SHEVCHUK Sviatoslav, Sua Beatitudine
, S.L Antonio, Rev. P.
STURLA BERHOUET, S.D.B. Daniel Fernando, Sua Card.
VINO Jorge Liberato, Sua Card.
VOKAL Jan, Sua Mons.
ZEKIYAN Levon Boghos, Sua Mons
ZORE, O.F.M. Stane, Sua Mons.
Experts (3)
DE SIMONE in MIANO Giuseppina, Prof.ssa
GRONCHI Maurizio
MIANO Francesco, Prof.
Auditors (2)
CALABRESE Patrizia, Sig.ra
LONI Massimo, Sig.
Fraternal Delegates (l)
Italian Group "B"
MENICHELLI Edoardo, Sua Card        Moderator
PIACENZA Mauro, Sua Card               Relator  
ALDEGANI, C.S.L Mario, Rev. P.
BABJAK, S.L Jan, Sua Mons.
BERTELLO Giuseppe, Sua Card.
EIJK Willem Jacobus, Sua Card.
FRÄTILÄ Mihai Cätälin, Sua Mons.
GHERGHEL Petru, Sua Mons.
JOVCEV Gheorghi Ivanov, Sua Mons
MOKRZYCKI Mieczyslaw, Sua Mons.
PAGLIA Vincenzo, Sua Rev.rna Mons.
PAPAMANOLIS Fragkiskos, Sua Rev.rna Mons.
. Paolo, Sua Mons.
RAVASI Gianfranco, Sua Card.
SEMERARO Marcello, Sua Mons.
STANKEVICS Zbignevs, Sua Mons.
SUAREZ INDA Alberto, Sua Card.
TWAL Fouad, Sua Beatitudine
VEGLIO Antonio Maria, Sua Card.
VUKSIC Torno, Sua Mons.
Experts (3)
BONFRATE Giuseppe,
ESPOSITO, O.P., Bruno, Rev. P.
MASCIARELLI Micheie Giulio, Mons
Auditors (2)
GIACOBBE Giovanni, Prof.
Fraternal Delegates (1 )
Italian Group "C" 
BAGNASCO Angelo, Sua Card                  Moderator
BRAMBILLA Franeo Giulio, Sua Mons      Relator

AMATO, S.D.B. Angelo, Sua Card.  
CABRERA HERRERA, O.F.M. Luis Gerardo, Sua Mons.
CALCAGNO Domenico, Sua Card.
ILONI Femando, Sua Card.
FUENTES MARTIN Jaime Rafael, Sua Mons
GRECH Mario, Sua Mons.
PAROLIN Pietro, Sua Card.
ROSA Roberto, Mons.
SCHERER Odilo Pedro, Sua Card
SGRECCIA Elio, Sua Card.
MI Enrico, Sua Mons.
SPITERIS, O.F.M. Cap. Ioannis, Sua Mons.
TELLA Beniamino, Sua Card.
TASCA, O.F.M. Conv. Marco, Rev. P.
TETTAMANZI Dionigi, Sua Card.
Giuseppe, Sua Card.
TROBA Jan Franciszek, Sua E Mons.  
ZIMOWSKI Zygmunt, Sua Mons.
Experts (2)
MAJORANO, C.SS.R. Sabatino, Rev. P
BERTOLINI Giacomo, Prof.
Auditors (2)
GARAS BISHAY Garas Boulos,
ZECCHINI Marialucia, Sig.ra
Spanish Group "A"  
RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA, S.D.B. Oscar A., Sua Card. Moderator 
LACUNZA MAESTROJUA.N, O.A.R. Jose Luis, Sua Card. Relator
AGUIAR RETES Carlos, Sua Mons.
ALVAREZ-OSSORIO, 88.CC. Javier, Rev. P.
ARREGUI YARZA Antonio, Sua Mons.
BARRERA MORALES Constantino, Sua Ecc
.za Mons.
BIALASIK WAWROWSKA, S.V.D. Krzysztof Janusz, Sua Mons.  
CABELLO ALMADA Miguel Angel, Sua Mons.
CASTRIANI, C.S.Sp. Sergio Eduardo, Sua Mons.
CHIMOIO, O.F.M. Cap. Francisco, Sua Mons.
DIAZ ALONSO, S.F. Jesus, Rev. P.
EZZATI ANDRELLO, S.D.B. Ricardo, Sua Card.
FERNANDEZ Victor Manuel, Sua Ecc
.za Mons.
GONZALEZ AMADOR Marcelo Arturo, Sua Mons.
DEZ CANTARERO Sua Mons. Pedro Joaquin                MARTlNEZ SISTACH Lluis, Sua Card.
OSORO SIERRA Carlos, Sua Mons.
PETRINI Joäo Carlos, Sua Mons.
POLI Mario Aurelio, Sua Card.
RIVERA CARRERA Norberto, Sua Card.
SALAS ANTELIZ Pablo Emiro, Sua Mons.
SUMBELELO Emilio, Sua Mons.
URBINA ORTEGA Oscar, Sua Mons.
VALENZUELA NlJNEZ Rodolfo, Sua Mons.
Experts (2)
AUGE BENET, C.M.F. Matias, Rev. P.
CLAVELL Lluis, Mons.
BOTIA de DlAz Isabel, Sig.ra
DIAZ VICTORIA Humberto, Sig.
GALINDO LOPEZ Andres Salvador, Sig.
RUBIO DE GALINDO Gertrudiz Clara, Sig.ra
MAZZINI Maria Marcela, Prof.ssa
Fraternal Delegates (l)
ALTMANN Walter, Rev. Dott
Spanish Group "B"
ROBLES ORTEGA Francisco, Card                       Moderator
PORRAS CARDOZO BaItazar Enrique, Sua Mons      Relator
, Sua Mons.
AVIZ Joäo BRAZ DE, Sua Card.
BASTRES FLORENCE, S.D.B. Bemardo Miguel, Sua Mons.
, Sua Card.
CABREJOS VIDARTE, O.F.M. Hector Miguel, Sua Mons.
, Sua Mons.
FERNANDES DIAS Antonino Eugenio, Sua Mons.
GARZA TREVRNO Alonso Gerardo
, Sua Mons.
, O.F.M. Roberto Octavio, Sua Mons
LYRIO ROCHA Geraldo, Sua Mons.
MATOGO OYANA, C.M.F. Juan, Sua Mons.
MlRANDA GUARDIOLA Alfonso Gerardo, Sua Mons.
, Sua Mons.
PENA RODRIGUEZ Gregorio Nicanor, Sua Mons
PRNEIRO GARCIA-CALDERON Salvador, Sua Mons.                
SAEZ GARCIA, O.C.D. Braulio, Sua Mons.
SALAZAR GOMEZ Ruben, Sua Card.
SOLE FA, C.M. Luis, Sua Mons.
ULLOA ROJAS Jose Francisco, Sua Mons
VIV AS ROBELO Cesar Bosco, Sua Mons.
Experts (2)
GRANADOS, D.C.J.M. Jose, Rev. P.
.F.M. Antonio, Fr.
Auditors (6)
GAY MONTALVO Eugenio, Sig.
S F ALLAS Berta Maria, Rev.da Suora
ROJAS Maria Angelica, Sig.ra
TEJADA ZEBALLOS Edgar Humberto, Dott
English Group "A"
Cardinal George Pell - Moderator
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz - Relator
Cardinal George Alencherry
Rev. Richard Kuuia Baawobr
Rev. Michael Brehl, CSSR
Bishop Silvio Siripong Charatsri
Archbishop Blaise Cupich 
Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao
Bishop Charles Edward Drennan
Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Bishop Peter Kang U-IL
Bishop John Baptist lee Keh-Mien
Cardinal Soane Patitia Paini Mafi
Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa, SMM
Bishop Tarcisius J.M. Ngalalekumtwa
Bishop Renatus Leonard Nkwande
Bishop Joseph Shipandeni Shikongo
Archbishop Richard William
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
Bishop James Maria Wainaina Kungu

Fr. Philippe Bordeyne
Dr. John Grabowski

Ishwarlal Bajaj
Penelope Bajaj
Agnes Offiong Erogunaye
Maria Gomes
Jadwiga Pulikowska
Jacek Pulikowski

Fraternal Delegates
Eminence Hilarion
Fr. Dr. Roy A. Medley

English Group "B"

Cardinal Vincent Nichols - Moderator
Archbishop Diarmiud Martin - Relator

Bishop Francis Alleyne, OSB
Bishop Anton Bal
Archbishop Stephen Brislin
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
Archbishop Filipe Neri Antonio Sebastiao Do Rosario Ferrao
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Bishop George Frendo, OP
Bishop Daniel Eugene Hurley
Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz
Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi, OMI
Bishop Xavier Johnsai Munyongani
Archbishop John Baptist Odama
Bishop Harold Anthony Perera
Bishop Selvister Ponnumuthan
Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, CM
Archbishop Menghesteab Tesfamarian, MCCJ
Bishop Camillus Raymond Umoh
Archbishop John Wong Soo Kau

Dr. John Kleinsman

Brenda Kim Nayoung
Buysile Patronella Nkosi
Meshack Jabulani Nkosi
Anthony Paul Witczak
Catherine Wally Witczak

Fraternal Delegates

Eminence Anba Bishoy
Rev. Ndanganeni Petrus Psaswana

English Group "C"

Archbishop Eamon Martin - Moderator
Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge - Relator

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade
Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB
Bishop Charles Allieu Matthew Campbell
Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara
Cardinal John Atcherley Dew
Bishop Gilbert A. Garcera
Archbishop Dominic Jala, SDB
Bishop Fransiskus Kopong Kung
Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, MCCJ
Bishop Zolile Peter Mpambani, SCI
Bishop George Murry, SJ
Bishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso
Fr. Adolfo Nicolas Pachon, SI
Bishop Tomash Bernard Peta
Abbot Jeremias Schroder, OSB
Bishop Andrews Thazhath
Bishop Romulo G. Valles
Cardinal Donal William Wuerl

Prof. Pia Matthews

Jacob Mundaplakal Abraham
Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea
Sharron Cole
Moira, McQueen
Maria Socorro Ocampo Villafania
Nelson Silvestre Villafania

Fraternal Delegates
Rev. Tim Macquiban
Rev. Timothy Thornton

English Group "D"

Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins - Moderator
Archbishop Charles Chaput - Relator

Bishop Joseph Arshad
Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah
Bishop Kurt R. Burnette
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
Bishop Peter John Haworth Doyle
Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez
Bishop Borys Gudziak
Bishop Joseph Kallarangatt
Bishop Paul Ponen Kubi, CSC
Bishop Hlib Borys Sviatoslav Lonchyna
Cardinal John Njue
Bishop Jose S. Palma
Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle
Bishop Benjamin Phiri
Bishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatimodjo
Bishop Antoine Tarabay, OLM
Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal
Bishop Lucas Van Looy, SDB
Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa

Fr. peter Paul Saldanha


Ketty Abaroa De Reende
Dr. Pedro Jussieu De Rezende
Maria Harrie
Sr. Maureen Kelleher
Wisam Marqus Odeesho
Salim Suhaila Toma

Fraternal Delegates
Fr. Robert K. Welsh

German Group 

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, OP - Moderator
Archbishop Heiner Koch - Relator

Bishop Franz-Josepf Hermann Bode
Bishop Benno Elbs
Cardinal Walter Kasper
Cardinal Kurt Koch
Fr. Gregoire Laham, BS
Cardinal Reinhard Marx
Cardinal Gerhard Muller
Bishop Ladislav Nemet, SVD
Bishop Teemu Sippo, SCI
Bishop Andras Veres
Bishop Stanislav Zvolensky

Rev. Michael Sievernich, SI

Prof. Aloys Johan Buch
Petra Buch

Fraternal Delegates
Eminence Andrej
Rev. Thomas Schirrmacher

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