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By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant, October 16, 2019  

VATICAN CITY ( – As the Amazon Synod neared its midpoint on Tuesday, the Vatican revealed that the drafting committee for its final document is being assembled, with confirmed members leaning decidedly to the left.

Over the next week and a half, the committee will compile the recommendations of various small groups into a final document, which will then be voted on by synod fathers on Oct. 26.

If the document passes with a two-thirds majority, it will be forwarded to Pope Francis for use in compiling a new apostolic exhortation on the Amazon.

Among those personally picked by Pope Francis are Cdl. Christoph Schönborn of Vienna and Bp. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Schönborn has made headlines in recent years as an advocate of women’s ordination and an enthusiast of active gay unions.

ImageCdl. Christoph Schönborn (Ricardo de Luca/AP)

On Sept. 29, 2018, the cardinal gave an address at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, during which he recounted his recent ordination of 14 men to the diaconate. During his recollection, he called for the ordination of female deacons.

Later that day, Schönborn took to Twitter to double down on his advocacy.

“I was only recently able to consecrate deacons again,” he wrote. “A great joy. Perhaps I will one day be able to consecrate women to the diaconate.” …