Whom to obey: the law or the prophets?


Phyllis Zagano


A discussion of synodality in the Catholic Church, addressing the competing claims of prophecy and law, and examining the ways lay people are excluded from governance and from having their voices heard. The paper addresses the question of whom to obey, the law or the prophets, and reviews the ongoing confusion between the two apparent opposing forces. The paper describes the creation and recent functioning of the Synod of Bishops and lay-clerical tension in the Church, and the ways each contributes to either positive or negative discernment. Finally, in light of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, the paper examines and explains the discernment process in Ignatian terms, concluding that only Spirit-driven discussion is fruitful.


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ZAGANO, P. Whom to obey: the law or the prophets?. HORIZONTE - Revista de Estudos de Teologia e Ciências da Religião, v. 19, n. 59, p. 630, 31 ago. 2021.
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See Michael Czerny, SJ, “The Church becoming synodal, Part 1: Lumen gentium and the inverted pyramid,” 6 January 2021, https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/church-becoming-synodal-part-1-lumen-gentium-and-inverted-pyramid and “The Church becoming synodal, Part 2: The preferential option for the poor and the way forward,” 11 January 2021, https://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/church-becoming-synodal-part-2-preferential-option-poor-and-way-forward (accessed July 16, 2021).