The list of official participants in the upcoming Synod
Notably, and completely unsurprisingly, absent from the list of Synod participants is the great Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. You could pour all of the modernists in that murder of Kasperite Krows into one brain and they couldn't come close to conquering in a fair debate the Archbishop Emeritus of Saint Louis. Far better to tell him he's not invited, and act like there will be a debate.
I'll leave it to Mark Shea to reassure you how the very few Bishops who will stand for integrity of marriage were also appointed by the Pope, and that this is a sure sign that Pope Francis is eager to reaffirm the faith of the Church in the direct command of Jesus Christ. That is, until the Synod votes to discard Our Lord's commands. Then Mark can tell you how that isn't at all what Pope Francis wants, and even if he does then it must be okay, and buy my book! Hear me bloviate in Western Washington! Click on my donate button! Rad-trads bad!
But of course I digress. God bless Mark Shea. I suppose that role is pre-ordained. If he didn't fill it someone else would. In fact, hundreds do already.
As for marriage, this venerable sacrament has few friends indeed. The new annulment process has gutted the practical protections against easy decrees of nullity built in canon law. In the last week, I have read two articles which really nail the issues at hand. In this article in The Week, Michael Brendan Dougherty sheds light on the pessimistic and not-so-merciful nature of this act:
Have a great Tuesday!