"the synod was also terrifically entertaining. It featured several plot lines worthy of a Hollywood screenplay: Pitched battles between progressives and conservatives, conspiracy theories and accusations of stifling dissent, clashes between larger-than-life personalities, and enough surprising twists to satisfy even the most devoted potboiler fans.
"In that spirit, it’s time to award the Oscars for the 2014 synod, recognizing the best performances from two weeks that shook the Catholic world. As with the real Oscars, the big awards here come in five categories. Unlike the Oscars, there’s no academy to thank in acceptance speeches, since these prizes were determined by a jury of one … i.e., me."
And the 2014 Synod Oscar goes to ...
In today's Crux column by John L. Allen Jr.,