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By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, July 26, 2022

Eric Sammons is the Editor-in-Chief of Crisis Magazine and the Executive Director of Crisis Publications.


In the years leading up to Vatican II, one of the most common complaints of bishops worldwide was the over-centralization of the Church. To many bishops it seemed that Vatican bureaucracies micromanaged the daily life of the Church. Bishops weren’t shepherds, they were just middle managers following the directions of back-office Vatican monsignors.

When asked for items for the upcoming council’s agenda, the Melkite Catholic bishops said this Vatican over-centralization was a “principal evil,” arguing that too many Catholic theologians and canonists gave “practically sovereign and completely centralized power to the Roman Curia.” …

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