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When asked "Which side are you on?" — as the song goes — most of us feel uneasy and generally try to sit on the intervening fence.
However, that is the question Pope Francis asked Catholics in his closing address to the bishops and cardinals — and by extension all Catholics — at the extraordinary synod on the Family Oct. 18. Noting the "moments of tensions and temptations" that occurred during the synod, Francis asks us to be honest with ourselves and declare which side we are inclining towards: the "traditionalist" or the "progressive” wing of the church.
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From where I stand: The very thought that the voice of the people is itself echoing through the church has incited alarm far too often.
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