What A Synod Is Not…

Another temptation that so often confuses people is treating the Synod as a kind of parliament underpinned by a “political battle” in which in order to govern one side must defeat the other. Some people tried to drum up support for their positions as politicians might: by sounding warnings through the media, or appealing to opinion polls. This goes against the spirit of the synod as a protected space of community discernment.

Pope Francis in Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.