One worry I have when it comes to things like this synod is that there is this attitude among the liberal elite: that the traditionalists and orthodox can be counted on, at the end of the day, to meekly do whatever they're told. The progressives, they can - and in large part, already have - leave the church if they object to things. But conservatives and orthodox and traditionalists? They're a captive audience, and if the church elite decides to treat them like dirt and pamper defiant progressives, they'll just have to grin and bear it.
The conservatives, the traditionalists - they're supposed to be simple-minded rubes, afraid of upsetting the Holy Father with any sign of disagreement.
Which is why it's encouraging to see the conservatives stand up and show they can engage in a bit of revolt as well.
Would it not be the height of divine humor to see these synods called for the purpose of weakening and liberalizing church teaching, only for the actual result to be not only a re-affirmation of traditional moral teaching, but now armed with a superior - and appropriately merciful - means of communication?
Call it an outside possibility at best, at least insofar as anything is a possibility where God is concerned. But the prospect of progressive clergy subverted into the task of reaffirming the traditionalist mission? It's a nice thought, and I can afford myself a moment's optimism here and there.