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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Oct 12, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org.

Did you participate in the diocesan discussions leading up to next year’s Synod of Bishops? Neither did I.

Were you invited to discussion groups and listening sessions? Neither was I.

Oh, there were official announcements, no doubt, in diocesan newspapers and even parish bulletins. But like the vast majority of American Catholics, I paid them no notice. No one sought me out personally, to invite my participation. Which is fine with me, because—as I have explained more than once in the past—I have profound misgivings about this synod and the awkward, time-consuming, self-referential process it has begotten.

Whose opinions have been heard ….

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