During Synods past, the interventions (speeches, addresses) of participants were made public, either in the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano or also online. Yes, weighing through then was pretty boring, but we knew what was being said and who said it.
For this Synod the interventions will not be made public.
I saw this from Lifesite about the reason of the Cardinal who runs the Synod of Bishops, His Eminence Lorenzo Balidsseri, when a journalist pressed him a little.
The first press conference of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family took place this morning with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, running through the agenda of the Extraordinary Synod.
The Cardinal noted there would be 191 speakers with only four minutes each to make their remarks. The list of speakers includes 61 cardinals, one cardinal patriarch, 7 patriarchs, one major archbishop, 67 metropolitan archbishops, 47 bishops, one auxiliary bishop, 1 priest and 6 religious.
Speakers were asked to submit their remarks prior to the Synod. However, none of the texts are to be made public. When the press conferences take place, while some of what was said will be transmitted, the public will not learn who said what.
There were several complaints from journalists about the new rule, which many said demonstrates a lack of transparency. Frustrated by repeated pointed questions about the matter, Cardinal Baldisseri replied to another reporter who pushed on the matter, “You should come up here if you know everything, maybe you should be a Synod Father.”