VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Christoph Schönborn explained Monday that the final document at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon will be written principally by a team chaired by the synod’s general relator, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes.
“The word ‘drafting committee‘ is not very clear, in fact, the drafts are from the principal relator and his team. The role of the drafting committee is to give immediate approval of the work the relators do. So we, the drafting committee, don’t write the text,” the Austrian archbishop said at a press conference held Oct. 21 in the Vatican press room.
Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican’s press office, told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, that Cardinal Hummes and the synod’s “special secretaries” are principally responsible for the text of the final report.
“The relator and the special secretaries prepare the draft of the document based on the reports from the ‘small groups’ and the contributions of the participants during the general sessions. In doing this they are assisted by the ‘experts,’ included on the list of the Synod participants which was published before the synod began.” ….