Am I saying just “my opinion”?¶
Thursday, July 28, 2022 (06:19)
Is the inter-confessional report just my opinion? Or more precisely: is the synthesis written by the sinoditiim less “the opinion of a single person” than my report?
Some numbers: My draft is based on the opinions expressed by more than 100 persons. (This number is estimated; some interviews were short and spontaneous.)
Between December 2021 and March 2022 I wrote 78 blog entries (6 in December, 25 in January, 18 in February and 29 in March) where I quote feedback received to my draft and write how it impacts my report. Here they are:
December 2021: My fictive report to the Synod How we celebrated Christmas 2021 Wednesday, December 29, 2021 (06:37) We’ll see how much of a prophet you are Thursday, December 30, 2021 (14:41) Friday, December 31, 2021 (12:21)
January 2022: Monday, January 3, 2022 (02:04) Tell me the Gospel in 60 seconds Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (00:18) Same worries in Sweden Two replies about abortion Changes regarding abortion How the Synodal Church will operate Bishop of Rome About preferring pets over children Sunday, January 9, 2022 (14:42) Liturgy must not become ideology Wednesday, January 12, 2022 (04:40) A wise decision Sunday, January 16, 2022 (03:48) The major outcome of the Synod on Synodality Collecting assistants for the sinoditalgud Non-Christians doing our work Esimene sinoditalgupäev on tulemas Thursday, January 20, 2022 (20:26) Discovering the Orthodox church Monday, January 24, 2022 (15:38) Wednesday, January 26, 2022 (10:50) Thursday, January 27, 2022 (14:33) Friday, January 28, 2022 (17:09) An important bugfix in my draft
February 2022: The Personal versus the Collective Homework for the sinoditalgutiim How to invite us to confess our sins Thursday, February 3, 2022 (23:07) New agenda without the vision Say good bye to “my draft” Saturday, February 12, 2022 (12:45) Richard Dawkins to his daughter Juliet “The Church teachings are without mistakes” Impressions after the first sinoditalgu A picture of the Church that is obsolete by 500 years Why Christians speak about sins The main thing in life Unclassified input Mass in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic church The missions of the European Union Empathy and loyalty isn’t enough Two biblical inputs for my report
March 2022: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (12:32) How to prepare the diocesan synthesis A day of listening Wars in Ukraine and in the Church The Marvel Universe for newbies Monday, March 7, 2022 (05:23) Praying is the opposite of working First change requests to version 11 Speak about same-sex marriage Five visions WHO issues new guidelines on abortion What would you say to Putin in the sauna? Friday, March 18, 2022 (16:18) Saturday, March 19, 2022 (16:24) Sunday, March 20, 2022 (07:49) Monday, March 21, 2022 (03:10) Version 14 is out Version 15 is out Eugen Drewermann about Putin, Covid-19, Jesus and peace Version 16 is out Two more poems Tomm Wilson about Forgiveness What can we learn about the universe from just one galaxy? Prayer for disarmament Nobody wants disarmament Version 17 is out! Wikipedia is a synodal community Thursday, March 31, 2022 (04:54) Thanks to all contributors
And now compare this to how the sinoditiim wrote their synthesis. We asked the priests in Estonia to organize consultation meetings. We received 9 meeting reports and 8 individual responses. Then 5 team members were each assigned two of the 10 topics and instructed to read all these responses, pick out the passages that seemed relevant for their topics and send the result of their findings to the main editor. Then the main editor wrote a 10 pages document based on the input of the five members.
I did as instructed, but in my answer wrote that the job is actually impossible to do:
Kolm dokumenti (,  ja ) on struktureeritud 10 teemade järgi. Nende vastused kopeerisin ja eemaldasin mõned osad, mis tundusid mulle selgesti ebaoluliseks. Minu enda juhitud rapordis () on 4 ettepanekut („steps“), mida ma ei oskaks 10 teemadesse hajutada. Minu meelest peaksime oma sünteesi pigem struktureerida põhiküsimuse järgi, 10 teemad olid ainult inspiratsiooniks.
We never spoke about my worries. It is true that my suggestions came too late. I should have written them at least in beginning of April after our first meeting.