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Bishops' Synod Staying Busy

The Synod of Bishops in Rome is off to a rousing start. The meeting of 242 bishops from around the world runs through October. The general theme is tied to the Year of the Eucharist which also concludes this month. The bishops have come from all over the world. After the serene conclave of cardinals this summer, this rabble of bishops is both refreshing and revealing.

After only a few days, they are busy. The reports are spotty and intermittent, but some serious issues have already emerged. Bishop Javier Echevarria has reportedly suggested that communion not be distributed at huge outdoor masses (despite John Paul II’s frequent use of them), claiming that it cannot be done with dignity. Also, the pros and cons of Eucharistic adoration (there are cons?) have been debated. Some are calling for a return to receiving Communion only on the tongue. Some are discussing stem cell research and ecological issues. The old lament about declining priestly vocations is ubiquitous, and there are bishops now actively campaigning for the removal of the celibacy requirement, and criticizing the recent announcement that active homosexuals not be admitted to seminaries.

Of course, this meeting has an advisory role only and no radical changes are to be expected. Nonetheless, visit the Holy See Press Office for the blow-by-blow.

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