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Who's in charge of the church, the Pope or the bishops?

As Roman Catholics, we were taught that God spoke through the Pope. That's why the Pope is considered infallible. At the Bishop's Conference held last week there seems to have been a chink in that armor. Pope Francis spoke of acceptance of gays and divorced couples in the Church. When we elect a Pope, we believe he is speaking for God. Well it seems that the Bishops have softened his stance on those issues. So who should we rely on, the supposed word of God or of a group of Bishops?

This reminds me of our country. The president too has to face factions of liberals and conservatives in Congress. Although we don't hold our president to the same criteria as the Pope's infallibility; it seems both are at the mercy of politics.

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The conclave of Bishops is made up of very old men or are set in their ideas and beliefs. Politically, we suffer from the same problem in this country. What we may need to do to bring both into this century is by limiting their time in office. I wish the Pope success in his effort to embrace the disenfranchised. We all know president is never going to get his way on any of his ideas. It seems that politics is politics every where in the world and we all suffer for it.

Lois Raimondi Munchel, Forest Hill

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