Bartholomew said that he and Francis wanted to leave the synod as a “legacy to ourselves and our successors.”
This could easily refer to Cardinal Raymond Burke, who became the anti-Francis face of the synod on the Family in October.
Several bishops who presented the document to the press pointed out that not all synod Fathers are happy with the softer tone.
But make no mistake, the Vatican synod paved the way for significant changes to come in the lives of gay and divorced Catholics.
This week the synod fathers will meet in small groups to discuss further each of the relatio points.
Criticism of Francis has come to a head with the publication of the final report of the synod on the Family.
The ultra conservative pro-life Voice of the Family coalition immediately called the Pirola talk “damaging” to the synod.
As the synod notes, “children are the real victims of family breakups.”
The synod midterm report softened the tone on gays and divorced Catholics; then the final document took a step back.
Denunciations by conservative Catholic leaders must mean that the synod is doing something right!
late 14c., "ecclesiastical council," from Late Latin synodus, from Greek synodos "assembly, meeting, conjunction of planets," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + hodos "a going, a way" (see cede). Used by Presbyterians for "assembly of ministers and other elders" from 1593 to c.1920, when replaced by General Council.