Religion: No Revelation in Rome

As the international Synod of Bishops went into its final days in Rome last week, some Catholics still clung to the hope that it would somehow prove a dramatic sequel to the Second Vatican Council. Close by the Vatican's new audience hall, where the prelates conferred in splendid isolation, liberals who wanted definitive reforms manned command posts and held daily press briefings. Those who think Pope Paul is not traditional enough pressed for a more conservative line. Members of the right wing's yippie element lobbied in their own way by sloshing paint on the coats of arms of two liberal cardinals.

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