to this book, Francis and his ilk have a goal of "decentralizing"
church administration - pushing decisions down to the local level rather
than the pope carrying more of the load. This is why he is pushing
synods and synodality, where the bishops get together to groups to
decide how to handle questions such as divorce, communion, women
priests, married priests, etc. However, what the synod decides would
depend on who gets invited to the synod. In other words, invitations go
out only to those thought to be reliable on whatever side sends the
invitations (the pope sent out the invitations to the current Synod on
Synodality). It's kind of like voting in Chicago - you can vote for
anyone as long as it's a democrat.
This biggest issue I have with synods and synodality is that the pope is still the one making the decisions, but he's not paying attention to anyone who disagrees with him. In the recent motu proprio, Traditionis Custodes, which limited the use of the traditional Latin mass (in language that many Catholics found harsh), according to reporting by Diane Montagne, 2/3's of the bishops who expressed an opinion on the TLM were favorably inclined to it. So this means that the pope is only ok with synods and synodality if they agree with him? Otherwise, he will overrule you?"