The blogger over at ABS -- whose website banner reads: "Anything worth doing will not be done by Amateur Brain Surgeon" -- writes, in "ABE Ministry instructs the flummoxed faithful how to prepare for the Synod" (Amateur Brain Surgeon, September 13, 2015):
In season and out of season. Inside and outside. Amateur Brain Surgeon is prepared for incandescent bursts of Synod surprises:[Hat tip to L.S.]A God of Surprises: Pope’s confusing ‘progressive’ vs ‘traditionalist’ calculus ...
“They did not understand that God is the God of surprises, that God is always new: he never contradicts himself, never says that what he had said was wrong, ever, but he always surprises us. And they did not understand, and closed themselves in this system created with the best of intentions.”
What an unbelievable two weeks! The activity, excitement and gravity of the Synod on the Family in the Vatican are difficult to absorb and will go down in the annals of history as a monumental time, akin to those of times of crisis in the Church and with heroic men and women of yesteryear such as St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Athanasius reappearing today with different manifestations but the same spirit.
The Synod saw an historic public calling out of the pope himself by one of the Church’s highest-ranking Cardinals. Convicted that the pope’s silence in light of the confusion generated by the controversial mid-term report was harming the faith, Cardinal Raymond Burke said a public defense of the Church’s teaching by the pope was “long overdue.” Burke told Catholic World Report, “The faithful and their good shepherds are looking to the Vicar of Christ for the confirmation of the Catholic faith and practice regarding marriage.”
Days later the Cardinal repeated the sentiment to Buzzed, noting that the pope’s “lack of clarity about the matter has certainly done a lot of harm.”
In his closing address to the Synod Fathers gathered in the Vatican [last October], Pope Francis offered a perplexing vision. In comments widely interpreted as referring to Cardinal Raymond Burke and other Cardinals at the Synod who fought to maintain the teaching of the Church on homosexuality and Holy Communion, Pope Francis spoke of the temptation of “traditionalists” with their “hostile inflexibility,” and their failure to allow themselves to be “surprised by God.
As these excerpts from the reports of the Pope's prose, poetry, and praxis illustrate, one must prepare himself for bursts of incandescent surprises: