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Elizabeth Johnson

Where is the democracy at the synod on the family?

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I loved the banner that Catholic Church Reform International carried into St. Peter's Square: "Families must have vote in family synods." A great expression of obvious logic.

That banner hits the nail on the head on two scores: First, it's a bit ridiculous to have a synod on the family when only celibate prelates can engage in formal discussion and vote. Second, it underlines our need for democratic forms of decision-making in the church.

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