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John Allen pulled a fast one over a Crux about the Synod...

A preliminary list of some of the bishop-members of next October’s Synod of Bishops to discuss “the family” has been released.  There are big holes in the membership still, since many conferences haven’t yet elected officers, etc.  You can tell this is only a partial list: there’s no one on it from, for example, Germany (not that that would be horrible).   I am guessing that the Lord of the Synod, Card. Baldisseri, having learned from criticism last year that the names of the members were pretty much shrouded in mystery, got some names out early.  Who knows when we will see the rest?

With that in mind, over at Crux, on 3 Feb Crux John Allen pulled a fast one.

To be fair, he got something right.  Check out the headline: Forecast: 2015 Synod of Bishops will be just as stormy as last time

You bet.

But wait! There’s more:

“If anyone wondered whether Pope Francis might try to “stack the deck” in advance this time around, Saturday’s confirmations clearly seem to refute that idea.”

“clearly seem”?

I think John Allen ought to know by now that the Pope basically approves the delegates who are elected by the many bishops’ conferences, but that he – the Pope – is then entirely free to appoint his own bishop-members as well as other non-bishop members, such the Jesuit General and his ilk …. who can also vote.

So it clearly seems to me that the Pope still has plenty of time to stack the deck.

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