Are conservatives at high-stakes Vatican summit overplaying their hand?

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Pope Francis leaves at the end of the morning session of the synod on the family at the Synod hall at the Vatican, on October 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the morning session of the synod on the family at the Synod hall at the Vatican, on October 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) There are growing signs of exasperation with the pressure tactics of the traditionalists. But in the end, their arguments may trump any annoyance.

  • “The general opinion I detected among the bishops was a sense of disgust,”

    And why not?
    “Hate Them….hate your life.” – JESUS (Luke 14:26)

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  • Bernado

    Conservatives, liberals? It makes no difference, the RCC and Christianity in general are slowly but surely being converged with all religions into some simple words of wisdom such as “Do no harm”. . No clerics, imams, rabbis and priests needed or desired.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Conservatives always overplay their hands. It’s the nature of conservatism. The stream of history flows toward the new and away from the old. As Seaweed sings in “Hairspray’s” song “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “…You can try to stop the hands of time/but you know it just can’t be…” Entrenchment only works until it’s jarred loose, and when it is, Oh, Mamma! We saw an example of this in Kansas last week when our right-wing Governor Sam Brownback expressed hope and anticipation gay marriage will be rolled back. Whether Brownback actually believes this, or is just mouthing smack to appease the rubes, only he and his confidantes know. If the former (which as longtime Brownback watcher I tend to believe), he is a useful idiot. If the latter he is still a useful idiot but also a shrewd politician. The best of conservatism manages to facilitate social change on a mostly painless basis. That’s what’s happening here. PS: Bernard may be right vis-à-vis the end product.