At Monday Vatican Andrea Gagliarducci has news about changes to be made in the procedure for the upcoming Synod in October.
Last year the organizers of the Synod changed rules in order to more easily ram through their agenda. This year is no different. Look what they are going to do. My emphases:
Some well-informed people say that the 2015 Synod will be completely different from any other. First of all, a midterm report will not be released. Last year, the midterm report was completely revised by some of the Pope’s closest collaborators prior to its release, and the report resulted in many controversies. Even Cardinal Petr Erdo, the Synod’s General Relator, distanced himself from the report. But its release united the followers of the Church’s doctrine, who stood up against the Synod’s drift. They ultimately achieved an acceptable compromise for the Synod’s Final Report, which was filled with biblical references that had been lacking in the midterm report.
Avoiding the release of a midterm report would mean eliminating any possibility of discussion. The plan is for the Synod to carry out discussions mostly in “small groups” (circuli minores) without a general discussion. In the end, the reports of the small groups would be put in the Pope’s hands, and the Pope would then give a final address. No final report or post-synodal apostolic exhortation is foreseen at the moment, at least according to recent rumors. In this way the adapters hope to convince the Pope to employ vague language so they can eventually exploit his words.
If they don’t have general discussion after small groups discussions, and if reports won’t be circulated to other groups, the members of Group A won’t know what members of Group B said. If the reports from the individual groups go straight to the Pope via the office that organizes the Synod…
I direct the readership’s attention to Edward Pentin’s new ebook about last years Synod. There efforts to rig the last Synod to accomplish a pre-determined agenda.