Religion: Roman Holiday

The Synod opts for peace

Of the many innovations stemming from the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) the Synod of Bishops is potentially one of the most important. Instead of a worldwide church governed totally from the top, the Synod provides a vehicle for Roman Catholic bishops from around the world to meet periodically and advise the Pope and the Vatican Curia. It lacks the sort of collegial clout that church progressives might want, but then the power of the Synod, like that of Rome, will not be built in a day.

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