I caught a few headlines (like this one) on those supposedly secret meetings in Rome among those seeking to advance/derail the synod agenda.
I think I’m not invited to most meetings in the Church. So if some people want to get together and talk about stuff, I’m not getting upset because I wasn’t invited to the party. It’s certainly no reason to cancel the synod. At least they didn’t write a book, eh?
It seems that a lot of people in the Church don’t get involved in crucial meetings–that’s been the modus operandi in many cases. Notably over the past few decades when theologians or bishops or other clergy are investigated from afar. Consider: did LCWR reps get invited when Cardinal Rodé first wanted investigations? I don’t recall it.
Catholics are invested in what their prelates say and decide. I get that. To a degree, such things are out of our hands, and if they are open to the Holy Spirit, out of their hands too. One yardstick I usually apply in these cases is to assess if objectors are referring more to the Church, the institution, and tradition and less to God or the mission of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.