By Neil Ormerod, October 19, 2014, Eureka Street, Australian Jesuit On-line Journal
It’s not often that Catholics get to see the processes of Church decision making made so transparent. The recent reports from the Synod on the Family have been a real eye-opener for those used to being presented with an ecclesialfait accompli, with all debate and discussion behind closed doors. Topics on which the Church has put a relatively uniform face, at least at an official level, now reveals a degree of pluriformity not heard since the days of the Second Vatican Council.
It would have been simply unimaginable for a bishop or cardinal to say something like the following during the pontificates of St John Paul II or Benedict XVI: ( To continue reading, click here.)