Sunday, October 23, 2005

The morning after

Well, not quite morning yet in Rome...

The Synod wrapped up today (it's still Sunday in the US). Mass was said. Saints were canonized. Bishops went back to their lodgings and prepared to head home.

I read the other day that there is some speculation that the Pope will not issue a huge final document, given the fact that the Synod was on the Eucharist and the Eucharist has already been a favorite topic of Cardinal Ratzinger. The Holy Father has nothing left to say...

I'm not going to toss in my hat and make a prediction, but the encyclical that is coming out in December could very well serve the purpose. Just a thought.

In any case, attention has been turning back to the curial shuffle. To borrow a phrase from Al Gore, we'll see how His Holiness reinvents the government of the Catholic Church. It's like reinventing the wheel, I know.

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