You’re right–my post was a little unclear. Let me clarify.
If the synod becomes merely a reaffirmation of the Church’s teaching on Communion for the divorced and remarried, then the original intent of the synod–the family in the context of the New Evangelization–would seem to be generally unsatisfied. I mean, if you’re looking for fresh ways to approach and talk about the Gospel as it relates to the family and all you end up getting done is a reaffirmation of the Church teaching on , divorce, remarriage, and Communion, then it seems that you’ve fallen short of the goal, right?
I hope that the Church quickly disposes of the question of Communion for divorced and remarried and approaches the “fruitful” things I was referring to–better marriage preparation, how to actually teach the Church’s theology relating to marriage to young couples, etc.
It would be a blow to Francis’ pontificate because it would be a black eye for the Church if there was this huge synod that literally got nothing done other than reaffirm what can only be reaffirmed. The liberals would be stunned that the Church once again taught the truth and the rest of us would be amazed that it took two synods and a host of tough debate to simply say what the previous two popes very clearly already said.
Since I don’t believe that the Church can admit the divorced and remarried to Communion, I don’t want the synod to become a sideshow for controversy when it could actually be a great energizer for the New Evangelization and for the Church’s proclamation of the Gospel.