If you are looking for a good summary of the Catholic Church’ Synod of Bishops in Rome in October, look no longer. In First Things George Weigel, the American historian, has written a splendid wrap-up of the politics, debates and conclusions of the synod, which ended with a robust affirmation of what the Catholic Church has always thought.
Much of the confusion surrounding the synod was due to ill-informed journalists writing to fill column inches, but they were also being fed by sources who were attempting to influence the outcome. As Weigel ironically observes
this intermezzo of serious craziness further illustrated a basic tenet of Vaticanology 101: There is no fixed border between fact and fiction in Italian journalism but only a membrane across which all sorts of material, some of it in the form of waste, flows.