You don’t need to patronize; I know who is the Pope.
The point isn’t “the Pope can’t do what he likes.” The point is that the Synod was a farce from the get-go: it was convened to give collegial cover fire to an agenda he wants to advance regardless of whether or not the bishops support it, one opposed by his predecessors for very good reasons.
An agenda which, I never hesitate to point it out, is emphatically not in the service of the poor or the Third World, but is in practice in service to wealthy, powerful, disproportionately white Westerners, and just as disproportionately to the detriment of the Church in Africa. But who cares about poor black people and their contemptible desire for doctrinal security, right?
You are legitimately of the opinion that the Pope is protected not only from doctrinal error in his formal dogmatic pronouncements but even from prudential error in his personnel and tactical decisions?
You get that this sort of neo-Ultramontanism was effectively condemned by Vatican I’s *actual *formulation of the doctrine of Papal infallibility, right? Or did the Holy Spirit protect, e.g., Pope John XXII’s non-dogmatic utterances in support of the erroneous doctrine that the elect do not enjoy the Beatific Vision until the Resurrection right up until the moment he supported Pope Benedict XII’s dogmatic definition to the contrary?
First of all, who’s panicking?
And second, if I am upset it is because the hierarchy has lost its nerve – and because now all the efforts of faithful Catholics to oppose the world-historical evil represented by the gay lobby will be opposed, not just by the members of that lobby, but by Catholics like you, too, acting on the basis of a malformed ecclesiology that sees the laity not as the loyal sons and daughters of the Church but as its slaves, quick to defer to every passing theological fad that emanates from Rome as if it were sent down from Heaven on stone tablets.