Two synods on my horizon, one near and one far. Maybe they are each manifestations of the same vector in the Church. It strikes me as inaccurate to suggest these events as singular moments when a lot of people get together for a conference.
As I understand the synod, it is a journey. At best, a pilgrimage from one place to another. The call is initiated by God, or at least overseen by the Almighty in order that people may be drawn into a better place.
MSW at NCRep muses some Catholics fear the synod:
It has long been evident that the critics of Pope Francis are in fact hostile to the ongoing reception of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. They admired Pope John Paul II insofar as they thought he was trying to put the reforming toothpaste back in the tube. I think that is an unfair reading of a complicated pontificate, but he really did reduce synods to exercises in repetition and theological sterility. How did that work out?
It has brought us to a place where a synod on synods is an opportunity, if not an inspiration. Where will it lead. Not a rewording of a segment of the Catechism, certainly. New ground for believers more accustomed to sitting in the same pew week after week rather than pack a sack and go off on a pilgrimage.