It was a theatrical collusion to reinforce their progressive agenda and alliance. The only difference is that the German Synod wants to administer the progressive poison fast while Bergoglio the Jesuit wants to do it more slowly and subtly.
“they realised that Bergoglio doesn’t pay his debts..” -something they'll correct by electing a weak and tractable successor: Cardinal Tagle. ;-)
The pope didn't accept it because he is with Marx all the way. Marx only submitted it to confirm that fact. A very sophisticated wink and nod!
What is the name of clergy that play church politics ?
They all do @aderito Even the most rural parish priest must decide if and how he'll curry favor his bishop or, if not, how best to diplomatically avoid offending the man.