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10 prelates to draft Synod of Bishops’ final document

October 02, 2015

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has announced the names of the nine prelates who will work with him to draft the final report of the upcoming synod on the family.

Each of the three weeks of the synod, which begins on October 4 and concludes on October 25, is devoted to the discussion of one chapter of the synod’s instrumentum laboris, or working document. The final report, based on the discussions, will be presented to the synod fathers on October 24, whereupon it will be presented to the Holy Father, who is free to accept or reject the various recommendations.

The members of the committee for the drafting of the final report are Cardinal Baldisseri and:

  • Cardinal Peter Erdo (Hungary)
  • Archbishop Bruno Forte (Italy)
  • Cardinal Oswald Gracias (India)
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl (United States)
  • Cardinal John Dew (New Zealand)
  • Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández (Argentina)
  • Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan (Gabon)
  • Bishop Marcello Semeraro (Italy)
  • Father Adolfo Nicolás (superior general, Society of Jesus)


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  • Posted by: filioque - Oct. 02, 2015 6:40 PM ET USA

    Cardinals Pell, Sarah, Napier and those who stand with them will have to stop this train on the first day: denounce the Instrumentum laboris, refuse to be corralled into small groups that are held incommunicado, and demand an open Synod with a report to be written by a truly representative committee.

  • Posted by: filioque - Oct. 02, 2015 6:36 PM ET USA

    The fix is in.

  • Posted by: adamah - Oct. 02, 2015 4:47 PM ET USA

    This isn't exactly an encouraging list.

  • Posted by: Jason C. - Oct. 02, 2015 11:25 AM ET USA

    Lucius49, since Forte's already written the results of the 2015 Synod, it would be unfair to deprive him of the honors awaiting him in the press.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Oct. 02, 2015 9:53 AM ET USA

    Why is Archbishop Forte on this committee since he was one of the perpetrators of the infamous interim report of the last Synod containing questionable remarks on marriage and homosexuality which the Synod fathers never issued or discussed?