I don’t think this chattering synodal process this month will lead to anything new in terms of documents from the pope that will change or maintain the course of the history of the Church. That will happen after next year’s October chattering synod on synodality.
But I know what the result will be as the pope has already written an outline for his final document. That outline is his gracious and wordy answers to the five cardinals questions. And here I agree with Pope Francis. It is impossible for this pope to give a yes or no answer to the dubia because this pope likes words, chatter and gossip and yes or no just doesn’t work.
But here is a loose translation of Pope Francis’ final document:
1. Guidelines to bless sexual unions of whatever kind, variety, number to include beastiality will be devised but in no way resemble a nuptial blessing in wording. It will go like this: “Oh God, these people have made their bed now let them sleep in it with whomever they wish to include. Through Christ our Lord.”
2. Women and any of the LGBTQ+++ recognized genders will be admitted to the permanent diaconate that will be separated in theology from the transitional diaconate. Most here who can remember when the permanent diaconate was restored, I think the Anglicans call it the Vocational Diaconate, which seems to be a better term, that many dioceses that began the formation process for the permanent diaconate called the newly ordained deacons “lay deacons.” A development of the theology of “lay” deacons will differ in doctrine and theology the transitional diaconate for men studying and in formation for the priesthood.
Lay men and women and other gender, enunciated by the LGBTQ+++ community, deacons will do what current permanent deacons do— a ministry of service. Liturgically though, they will vest the same as permanent deacons, and do all that permanent deacons do liturgically to include offering blessings.
This will lead to men and women and other genders in a lay ordained priesthood separate in theology from the non lay ordained priesthood but both do the same stuff.
Just some Wizard of Oz clairvoyant thoughts. Please wake me up next year after the next October chattering synodal synod. Make sure I get some medical attention for whatever hit me in the head!
Hopefully when I awake, God willing, I can say with Dorothy Gale, “there’s no place like home!”