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Distinctly Catholic: Auxiliary bishop appointments, climate change questions, and the synod on young people are sure to be among the most important stories and dynamics this year.
Analysis: Even before the two synods on marriage and the family that served as the basis for "The Joy of Love," disputes were arising within the hierarchy over pastoral practice.
In discussions Oct. 5-6 at Boston College, cardinals, bishops, and other participants will discuss the "new momentum" Amoris Laetitia gives local bishops to renew pastoral practices toward families.
We say: The antecedents for cyberbullies' attacks were well-set in plodding church bureaucracies. But we can only approach civility when loyal questioners are engaged, not vilified.