Last May, the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, in agreement with the General Secretariat of the Synod, invited about 30 persons with disabilities from the five continents to actively participate in a synodal journey by offering their contribution through an open dialogue with the Holy See. After an online meeting, which in fact symbolically initiated the process, each person was invited to send in his or her personal written text, based on some questions that had been proposed. The goal was, on the one hand, to make known some experiences capable of bringing out the needs, but also journeys that have already been undertaken in some parts of the world. On the other hand, it was intended to welcome what the Spirit intends to say to the Church. The result of all this is the text we are presenting.
On the basis of these reflections, it is a matter of proposing a change of mentality, which in some parts of the world is already underway or at least has set the basis for being understood and welcomed, while in other parts it is like a mountain yet to be climbed. It will be necessary to overcome any welfare approach by initiating a new approach that respects the individuality and a leading role of persons with disabilities. The first step in this direction is to listen to persons with disabilities, and the synodal journey turned out to be a true kairòs since it offered a concrete opportunity to focus on their words and 3 recognize how much they have to say to the Church. It is also a way to affirm - as the Pope did in his message addressed to persons with disabilities - that "The Gospel is for everyone".
Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life