By Peter O'Dwyer
The Catholic Church represents all of humanity from all corners of the world. But the Final Relatio of the 2015 Synod, as well as the Instrumentum Laboris, both focused entirely on specific First-World problems. They presumed that marriage rates are falling worldwide, but this is only the case in Western Europe and the United States. The concerns of the African bishops, who represent millions of Catholics in the Church's fasting growing continent, were set aside to focus on problems like civil adultery that only affect a few. Why snub Africa, the strongest contingent in the Church in the 21st century? Why did the drafting committee focus exclusively on Western Europe?
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