Michael Brendan Dougherty spells it all out.
My prediction is that, after much fixing and machinations by its
leaders, the Synod on the Family will declare that the Holy Spirit led
them to a new understanding of the truth. The Synod's leaders will adopt
the position that those living in second marriages, irrespective of the
status of their first marriage, should be admitted to Holy Communion.
This is commonly called the "Kasper proposal" after its author, the
German Cardinal Walter Kasper.
The Synod will likely leave the details
of a "penitential period of reflection" for these souls up to local
bishops and parish priests. The leading bishops will assure critics that
in fact no doctrine has been changed, only a discipline — even if these
will make no sense when considered together.
But make no mistake, the Synod will make the sacrilege of the
Eucharist St. Paul warns against an official policy of the Roman
Catholic Church. And in the process the Synod will encourage the breakup
of more marriages.
Certain theologians will cheer this as a radical break. They will
declare this change of discipline to be what the critics alleged all
along: a rupture within the tradition of the church, a change in
doctrine. They will say that this glorious event proves the church is
capable not only of developing its doctrines, but also of evolving them
into something new, even something that contradicts the old.
had made themselves enemies of papal authority for decades will become a
new kind of ultramontanist.
The papacy that had been the final guardian of the faith will now
become an ongoing oracle, dispensing new gospel teachings that our Lord
and the Apostles missed.
The church's teachings on contraception, homosexuality, and
pre-marital sex must all be subjected to this evolution, in light of
what we know about how people actually live. How they ought to live is a
Over the top? Maybe. I'm not one to talk on that subject.
Be that as it may, all the signs are there.
For what they are worth, my thoughts more or less align with MBD's.