Pope boosts authority of synods of bishops

In a new apostolic constitution entitled Episcopalis communio (Episcopal Communion), signed on Sept. 15 and made public on Tuesday, the pope explained how he wished to make the Synod of Bishops a “permanent central body, outside the dicasteries of the Roman Curia” and able to manifest bishops’ concerns for the “needs of the People of God and communion among all the Churches.” Some worry this may become a vehicle for further straying from traditional Catholic teaching.