Roman Catholics: Democratizing Theology

Rome last week was almost as busy with ecclesiastical affairs as it had been during the Second Vatican Council. At the Vatican Palace, about 200 bishops from all over the world ended the second week of a month-long synod convened by Pope Paul. Near by, at the Pius XII auditorium, more than 2,800 Catholic men and women assembled for the Third World Congress for the Lay Apostolate, a kind of summit conference of leading lay leaders.

The mood of the two gatherings was markedly different. Shrouded in secrecy, the bishops at the synod have so far been debating issues...

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