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Diminished bishops, the new ultramontanism, and the Synodal process

Is Vatican II’s achievement in reaffirming the authority of bishops being undercut by the current preparatory process for the “Synod on Synodality” of 2023 and 2024? In fact, the bishops have become note-takers, not teachers; recording secretaries, not guarantors of orthodoxy; messenger boys, not apostolic leaders. [1]