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By Jules Gomes, Church Militant, October 17, 2022

Francis’ cheerleaders herald yearlong extension as dawn of Vatican III

VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Papal cheerleaders and skeptics alike are interpreting Pope Francis’ decision to prolong his pet project of synodality by another year as heralding Vatican III in “slow motion.”

The pontiff announced immediately after Sunday’s Angelus that the proposed 2023 assembly of bishops would now be convened in two phases — the first session in October 2023 and a second in October 2024, to allow for “a more relaxed period of discernment.”

Papal Desperation

“The fruits of the synodal process underway are many, but so that they might come to full maturity, it is necessary not to be in a rush,” Francis stated, claiming “this decision will promote the understanding of synodality as a constitutive dimension of the Church.”…

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