Pope Francis made an interesting move. He added a few prelates to the group assigned to write the final Relatio (summary and suggestions to be submitted to the Pope).
At this point in the Synod, after all the little speeches, the members break into smaller groups, usually by language, to draft their proposed contributions in few of a final document to be drafted by a sub-committee.
The papal appointees to the drafting group are:
- Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture.
- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C.
- Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and one of the pope’s top theological advisors.
- Archbishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Mexico, president of CELAM, the Latin American bishops’ council.
- Archbishop Peter Kang U-Il of South Korea.
- Father Adolfo Nicolás Pachón of Spain, superior general of the Jesuit order.
Some people will say that the committee is comprised of members who lean one way or another. That isn’t what surprised me.
No Africans are on the drafting committee, and yet is it clear that the state of the the family in Africa is considered pretty important.
I guess it isn’t as important as the state of the family in the wealthy West and Northern Hemisphere.
Isn’t that interesting?