I believe the reason that this forum is successful is because of Padraig's policy of allowing relatively free discussion of matters which are controversial. The Synod is a topic which has highlighted strongly opposing views within the Catholic community. I believe it is very important for this topic to be discussed openly. This inevitably leads to some contributors acting in a less than charitable way but it can also shows up the lack of fairness or logic in some of the 'arguments' being used. This can all be very helpful in letting the undecided to discern where truth lies. I have previously supported BH in his posts. I find he is able to put in writing thoughts which are going through my head but which I find difficult to express. I would very much like the 'traditionalist' members of the forum to stop posting their anti Pope Francis (and anti Kasper) posts but when they do post them, I hope BH and others will continue to challenge them even if things can get a bit noisy.