Pope Francis is fond of saying that “synod” means “walking together.” In the right circumstances, it can mean that (though usually it just means a “meeting”). In the wrong circumstances, it can take on the less happy meanings of the original Greek “synodos” – like the “meeting” that happens when two parties face each other in a courtroom – or two armies clash.
That troubled side of “synod” has been evident in past weeks. Before the Amazon Synod even started – the bishops, vested in green, joined the pope for Mass at St. Peter’s yesterday and begin their work today – there’s been a swirl of passionate claims and counterclaims, the likes of which have probably never been seen in Rome at this kind of an event. . . . Read more.
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