Bishop Dowd is one of the participants at the Synod, and he is reporting on activities – events almost everyday on his personal website: LINK
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/246515764″>Richard Rohr, Friday talk</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user4035962″>Don Downey</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/248473530″>Richard Rohr- Saturday Talk</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user4035962″>Don Downey</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/249546473″>Richard Rohr- Saturday Afternoon Talk</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user4035962″>Don Downey</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
At today’s Synod briefing, Fr Thomas Reese SJ Reese posed this question to Brother Herve Janson, a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, an order noted for its poverty and simplicity:
“What is the rationale for you being admitted to the Synod (as voting member) and religious women not being admitted to the Synod (as voting members)?
Brother Janson replied;
“That is a big question….I felt very uncomfortable (malaise)….Before, the distinction was between cleric and lay. And now, it became between man and woman, exactly as you said very well….I asked myself the same question.” Strikingly, Brother Janson said he thought of refusing (renoncer) the invitation to be a voting member, out of solidarity with women religious.
The full text of the original article can be found at America Magazine. Where were the voting women at the Synod? | America Magazine
In one of its first English language reports on the Synod, The Tablet states:
In a gathering lasting just three weeks, and with Synod Fathers in disagreement on key issues, it was unrealistic to expect a document that provides dramatic new developments in areas that reform-minded Catholics feel strongly about. It is fair to say, however, that the final document moves the Church in a more open and pastorally sensitive direction.
Another report appears in Bondings which states: (New Ways Ministry Blog on LGBT issues)
Even though this synod did not achieve a stronger statement of LGBT acceptance, the movement for a more inclusive and equal Church for LGBT members can take hope from this meeting because the discussion has moved forward and we’ve heard that a large number of bishops see the need for this discussion to continue into the future.
It would appear that the Synod has done a reasonable job of capturing the many and diverse flavors of Catholicism across te planet, and has left the door open for future growth and development in bringing the Good News to all.
Finally, we hear these words from Pope Francis in his message at the closing session:
The Synod experience also made us better realize that the true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae but the gratuitousness of God’s love and forgiveness. This is in no way to detract from the importance of formulae, laws and divine commandments, but raather to exalt the greatness of the true God, who does not treat us according to our merits or even according to our works but solely according to the boundless generosity of his Mercy (cf. Rom 3:21-30; Ps 129; Lk 11:37-54).
U.S. Sacred Heart of Mary Sr. Maureen Kelleher — who is taking part in the Oct. 4-25 synod as one of 32 women serving in non-voting roles alongside the 270 prelate-members — said there is a clear cultural divide between bishops’ and laypersons’ points of view.