By Peter O'Dwyer
After three weeks and 250 articles and videos, it's time to assess the Synod and its aftermath. Through it all, accusations of foul play on the part of Synod organizers remained at the forefront of discussion. Access to bishops was limited. No interventions were published. Certain reporters were arbitrarily banned from press conferences while heterodox activists were admitted in their stead.
What was discussed at the Synod was filtered completely through the Vatican Press Office. But what was announced at the Press Office clashed with accounts by the Synod Fathers themselves. The entire news community felt shut out, leaving one reporter to grumble, "We're not covering the Synod; we're covering the Press Office."
Were individuals manipulating the public's perception of the Synod? And if they were, why?
Watch the full episode of "Mic'd Up—Synod Aftermath, Part One."