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Squabbling about the Synod

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The Synod of African bishops hasn’t started yet, but it’s already the subject of fierce criticism.

Tunisian Bishop Maroun Lahham has told the Catholic News Service that the Synod fails to address the concerns of Catholics in North Africa and that it would be better for North African bishops to attend a synod for the Middle East, rather than for “Black Africa”.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan media have accused the Synod organisers of snubbing their senior clergy.

Other commentators suggest that the Vatican and the African bishops are on a collision course over the benefits of genetically modified food.

The Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops – to give it its full name – opens on October 4 with a Mass concelebrated by Pope Benedict XVI and the Synod Fathers. The Synod’s theme is: “The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. ‘You are the salt of the earth, … you are the light of the world’ ”

Let’s hope that reconciliation and peace are the order of the day.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Africa, Bishops

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