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64 Jurist 116 (2004)
The Synod of Bishops: Episcopal Collegiality Still Seeks Adequate Expression

handle is hein.journals/juristcu64 and id is 120 raw text is: THE JURIST 64 (2004) 116-136

THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS: EPISCOPAL COLLEGIALITY
STILL SEEKS ADEQUATE EXPRESSION
JAMES A. CORIDEN*
Introduction:
The synod of bishops is a child born out of wedlock. As its fortieth
birthday approaches, it is largely dysfunctional, refuses to work effec-
tively, and is pleasing to almost no one. Such an unhappy development is
not surprising, since the synod, like so many children, was born and
reared in the midst of conflict. The unremitting struggle between the
forces of papal monarchy and episcopal collegiality prevented its proper
conception, normal growth, and healthy development. The synod today
cries out for serious therapy and a radically revised lifestyle.
The troubling origins and subsequent malfunctions of the synod of
bishops have been examined by many experts, and these specialists have
recommended a wide variety of treatments, from mere palliatives to total
rehabilitation. This study will not repeat those many diagnostic investi-
gations. Instead it will refer to some of them briefly, and then recommend
a regimen of reform leading to a cure.
Outline:
1. Background
2. Apostolica sollicitudo
3. Christus Dominus
4. Ordo synodi celebrandae
5. Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops
6. Canonical configuration in the codes
7. Experience and evaluation
8. Theological questions
9. Proposals for reform
10. Conclusion
* Professor of Canon Law, Washington Theological Union

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