Pope Francis’ apostolic constitution Pascite gregem has introduced numerous improvements to Book VI, more than I can assess or even list in a manageable blog post. Even so, in the wake of Pascite, three issues will soon surface: first, did the textual reforms go far enough?; second, did those reforms introduce new problems?; and third, will the reforms move many bishops to apply the Church’s penal discipline in cases wherein such procedures are warranted?
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