In the Catholic Church, synods of bishops are complex bits of theater. The pope sets the theme, observes the proceedings, and writes the “apostolic exhortation” that translates a synod’s work into teaching. Some post-synodal texts, such as Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi, are brilliant. Others, such as Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitia, are more problematic. The role of synods is consultative, not legislative…

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