Fruits of Disagreement

Bishops should not disagree with one another in public, especially on the most neuralgic issues of the day. For better and more often for worse, that discipline was a cornerstone of John Paul II’s pontificate. Yet disagree they did at the Synod of Bishops last month in Rome, the first of Benedict XVI’s papacy.

The 256 participants spoke with surprising candor about issues surrounding the synod’s appointed subject, the Eucharist,...

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