The Vatican has just announced that Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been appointed member of the Commission for Controversies. This commission is set up every time the Synod of Bishops is in session and it is tasked with the resolution of any controversy of a juridical nature that may arise during the Synod.
Head of the Congregation for Catholic Education Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi is the chair of the commission. The other member is Mgr. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah, Bishop of Nsukka in Nigeria.
The theme of the Synod of Bishops is ‘Young people, the faith and vocational discernment’. It will be held at the Vatican between the 3rd and 28th of October. Archbishop Scicluna will be representing the Maltese Episcopal Conference.
The Synod of Bishops was established by Pope Paul VI on the 15th September 1965, in response to the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to keep the spirit of collegiality engendered by the conciliar experience alive. The bishops have the opportunity to interact with each other and the Pope to share information and experiences, in the common pursuit of pastoral solutions which have a universal validity and application.
This year’s Synod is the fifteenth ordinary assembly of bishops.