‘Time for bishops to imitate Francis on consulting priests and laity’ – Thomas Reese.
The most remarkable event at the synod on the family occurred at the very beginning, when Pope Francis encouraged bishops to speak frankly, even if they disagreed with him. Now that the synod process has moved to local bishops’ conferences and dioceses, will the bishops imitate Francis and encourage open discussion in their dioceses?
(N.B. Thomas Reese is speaking especially of the US bishops, but we in Ireland should surely be asking the same question of our own bishops here – to make sure our voices can influence the follow-up 2015 Synod.)