“The goal consisted in allowing every member to have access to information” necessary for full participation, he shared.
Following The Pillar report, organizers reinstated password-requirements, and will provide direct technical support to members having access issues going forward.
Citing the Pope’s request for “restraint” from media members covering the Synod, The Pillar did not publish the documents it obtained. But it is unclear if other media outlets likewise accessed and now possess the files.
While maintaining that there was nothing “secret” about the table reports, Ruffini described them as “confidential,” and said that making them publicly available would threaten the prayerful spirit of discernment sought by Synod organizers.
“This would turn our encounter to pray for discernment” into a sort of “public conference” or “parliament,” Ruffini said, referring to a characterization of the Synod that Pope Francis has criticized.
Ruffini was responding to a question on whether it was unfair that some media outlets have accessed the reports, while others are still in the dark.