The Vatican Council: Speedup

The first two sessions of the Vatican Council proceeded as if the bishops had a leisurely century to do the job. The third, which opens in Rome this week, may act as if the devil were dogging the bishops' footsteps; it promises to be the most productive in accomplishment.

Council leaders believe that the bishops have had enough time to impress their flocks back home with set speeches. This fall, prelates must submit copies of their talks five days ahead of time, thereby allowing the four council moderators to weed out repetitions....

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