Julia Meloni at Crisis Magazine fears that the Synod results are pre-ordained:
Shortly after the youth synod began, Edward Pentin—the authoritative chronicler of the family synod’s rigging—reported that an Italian cardinal close to Pope Francis had prophesied a great “surprise,” convinced that the pope would “for sure invent something.” Pentin said some sources had indicated that the final document’s main substance was in fact already written—hence the synod’s deep secrecy, missing mid-term report, and nebulous voting procedures.
As the synod progressed, increasingly ominous voices spoke confidently, buoyantly about being “open” to a new definition of family. One synod father announced at a press conference: “As old folks we should not be afraid to embark on this new path that the pope is pointing out to us. It is a path that is leading us to new kinds of families, new family relations, in a way, and we should not be afraid to open up to this.”
Meanwhile, bishops alarmed by potentially rigged voting rules planned a public group protest; then synod leaders said old procedures would remain in force. Archbishop Forte—a member of the final document’s stacked writing committee—said on October 11 that it was “impossible” for the text’s draft to already be written; then Crux reported that Cardinal Baldisseri’s office had actually presented its own “preliminary draft” to those writers.
I believe that text’s likely principal writer is Fr. Giacomo Costa, S.J.—the writing committee member who has already helped author the Preparatory Document and Instrumentum Laboris and published multiple articles on the synod’s aims. He has also, as I will show, already loaded the Instrumentum Laboris with subversive plagiarizations of his own writings on “discernment.”
Go here to read the rest. This is all part of the fog of mendacity that is one of the chief features of this kidney stone of a pontificate.