Over at One Peter Five, Dr. Jeffrey Bond sets forth what he thinks is the most likely outcome of the Synod:
The third outcome, about which Cardinal Burke has warned the faithful, is the most likely. Francis will probably follow the example of John Paul II who did not and could not change Church doctrine on the death penalty, yet gutted the teaching by proclaiming that modern times had rendered it virtually unnecessary in practice. Francis will likewise reaffirm the dogma of the indissolubility of marriage while hollowing out its core through some labyrinthine means by which divorced and remarried Catholics can receive communion. The change will be peddled to the faithful as an expression of our Lord’s “mercy” toward sinners. More chaos and confusion will then follow as orthodox Catholics are further divided against each other as they debate the proper response to the new “pastoral” practices, and attempt to reconcile what cannot be reconciled.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch would regard a more forthright turning away from the teaching of Christ to be more honest, but honesty and the Vatican do no seem to be on speaking terms in this pontificate.