Reports on the Synod make PopeWatch grateful that the mass media did not exist during the Tower of Babel project to add to the confusion. Most of the reporting is useless, the blind attempting to lead the blind into deeper confusion. Among the better English language reporting is that of Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register who has a knack for discarding chaff and getting to the behind the scenes maneuvering at the Synod. A typical example from his Day Two report:
Some observers detected a general pushback at the press conference today of Cardinal Péter Erdő’s introductory speech yesterday, which reasserted Church teaching and effectively rejected Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to admit civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion.
Pope Francis mentioned the issue in the morning, saying it was still one of many other issues to be discussed. Asked at the briefing whether the proposal was now no longer on the table after Cardinal Erdő’s intervention, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, told reporters that he felt it was “still open at the pastoral level” and quoted the Pope’s words of this morning on the issue. He said there was also talk during the press conference of the divorced-and-remarried issue not requiring a “universal solution,” but instead one that could be left to the regional and national level.
Archbishop Durocher, who dedicated his three-minute intervention to the role of women in the Church and said he was in favor of women deacons, said Cardinal Erdő’s intervention was “a beautiful and classic presentation of the Church’s teaching” and that “other bishops are saying this is important and we need to hold on to these.” But he added it is “one piece as we move forward, as we listen to the voice, to the spirit leading us forward.”
The archbishop said he saw two dangers: emphasizing Church teaching so strongly that the Church closes in on itself and becomes a “kind of ghetto or sect that no longer has an impact on culture,” and the other that enters into dialogue to such an extent that it “dilutes the Church’s teaching.”
For this reason, he said, “some will emphasize the teaching, and the other the importance of dialogue. That’s why it’s important this is a collegial exercise, in sense we do this together because we need to hold both of those together.”
A synod father told the Register on condition of anonymity that Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops’ conference, also criticized Erdő’s relatio as “saying it contained nothing new.” But the source also said that another cardinal later commented that Cardinal Erdő’s speech was “excellent” and a “good resume of the instrumentum laboris with many nuances and a better style.”
He added it “should be considered by the synod along with the instrumentum laboris.”
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch will be looking to Mr. Pentin as his chief guide through the thickets of bloviation and endless intrigue at the Synod.