Chris Ferarra released a piece a few days ago that I believe details nicely the purpose that Pope Francis seems to have for all these "sin-nod" gab-fests. I too have believed that these things are nothing short of expensive smoke-and-mirror gimmicks designed to get us to swallow the latest insults to Faith and Tradition. To his list I might have added the pre-sinnod "listening sessions" along with all sorts of dissidents brought in for "preparatory meetings". Anyway, the pope might as well save the Church a few million dollars and dispense with these dog-and-pony shows and just go about slashing and burning the Teachings of Our Lord Himself. But I suppose there really are some people who allow themselves to get snookered by all the artificial hoopla. We see similar conclusions drawn by LifeSiteNews.
I will now post a discussion by Robert Royal and the "papal posse's" thoughts just at the conclusion of the sin-nod.