Time Essay: TOWARD A MORE FALLIBLE CHURCH

ROME—Now that the third session of the international Synod of Roman Catholic Bishops is over, what has really taken place? The synod, like the two others held since the Second Vatican Council, was less than the council had intended when it recommended such meetings as a way for the bishops to have a continuing voice in church developments. Today's synods, unable to exercise any real power of their own, merely advise the Pope of the bishops' thinking on subjects of import. This time the subjects were of import indeed: the crisis in...

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