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By Chilton Williamson, Jr., Crisis Magazine, October 18, 2019

Chilton Williamson, Jr.The Amazon synod touches directly or indirectly on many issues that will have repercussions far beyond the river basin. Among them is democracy and its relationship to the Church of Rome.

The current Vatican regime claims that the principle of “synodality” in ecclesiastical government is both legitimate and valuable. Bishops are in closer contact with the laity than the Eternal City is; they are therefore better able to represent the man in the pew. Or so the argument goes.

I don’t know whether there is evidence for this position or not. What’s certain is that the Church was founded by Christ as a spiritual institution, not a political one. Naturally, every major institution must engage in a political relationship with the powers and principalities of this world. And, having grown so vast in her 2000-year history, she has inevitably been compelled to develop a bureaucracy of her own. ….