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The members of these groups share their thoughts on the Synod’s working document, one section at a time. Each small group has a president to moderate the discussion (although it is reported that some presidents are, shall we say, more active, sharing their thoughts on just about everyone else’s thoughts). A secretary takes notes and synthesizes them into a record of the group’s discussion. These reports then become raw material for the adjustment or revision of Synod’s final text, whatever form that might take. “Raw material” is exactly the right term for these reports. They are not polished discourses. They vary greatly in quality and focus. Asian and African English-speakers, for example, may have very different priorities from those in Europe or North America. That should be no surprise, but it can make for confused and tedious reading. Nonetheless, the reports do have value. Among other things, they hint at the Synod’s major fault lines.
LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD shared the reports with a range of scholars and others for their overnight assessment. While quick and incomplete, their comments are interesting.
Catholic - Journalist
From a Spanish Catholic journalist:
The Spanish groups followed the IL closely and made a significant number of criticisms, but still worked with the text. There is nothing troubling in their comments but nothing inspiring, either. The perspective in both Spanish groups is quite Latin American: very little on issues related to sex, a lot on immigration, finding jobs, reaching the mass of youth, etc. In short, nothing unusual.
Theologian - English - Language - Group
From a U.S.-based theologian on the English language group reports:
It seems to me that the most important thing to stress – really, to go to the wall for – is is to minimize the damaging “LGBT/sexual identity” language, and then to get some positive affirmations in there about the importance of chastity.
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