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To recap, the bishops rebelled against having the infamous relatio (working paper) foisted upon them. The details about who wrote what are not as important as it was a nasty piece of work by Pope Francis' gang. It denigrated sacramental matrimony and exalted homosexual orientation as a thing of value. The world watched the wheels come off of first the synod, then Cardinal Kasper, and, ultimately, Pope Francis himself.
The Pope was forced to pepper his hand-picked enforcers with with the formidable Archbishop Hart and Cardinal Napier. Furthermore, the members would release their own reports.
It was a disaster for the Franciscan minority, who looked so thuggish and bumbling a new word is required: thugling.
Yet, what is the meta-narrative? Reactionary hardliners slam the door on gays and the remarried? And, this is not the end. Francis is, after all, still Pope, still beloved of a slobbering media, and still riding uninformed, but popular sentiment for the relaxation of every below-the-belt issue.
One cannot, however, but smile when remembering Vatican II. Then Cardinal Ottaviani was almost the lone voice that remained faithful to tradition, and he was literally hooted down by the council majority. Those of us who feared history would repeat itself can afford that smile. Let's enjoy our victory.
And, one may imagine, Cardinal Ottaviani, is smiling, too.