Second, the head of the German bishops conference wants female deacons and the divorced and remarried to receive communion:
It would be an immense relief if Francis himself were to lay the smackdown upon both of these statements. What I expect will happen is that they'll both be left to hang in the ether, neither going anywhere nor ever explicitly disavowed. At best they'll suffer the death of a thousand clarifications. Some lower level functionary will say, "Of COURSE they didn't mean to suggest civil unions for homosexuals or admitting women to holy orders. What they meant was that if some swamp gas was reflected by the light of Venus, Cancer was aligned with Capricorn, and the thirteen MacGuffins were all gathered within Stone Henge then we might begin to possibly consider thinking about these things."
Keep in mind that this is the same Archbishop Robert Zollitsch who publicly denied that Christ died for our sins, and asserted that by his death he was only expressing solidarity with the people. One heretic bishop does not the Faith invalidate. But it is discouraging when priests and bishops publicly spout off the most rank heresy without so much as a murmur of protest from their superiors. It undermines our evangelization of the world. The world sees the spectacle of bishop against bishop, priest against priest and says, "See, the Church is thinking about changing those doctrines we find so offensive. Those mean old conservatives have just been dragging their feet out of bigotry, not any commitment to truth." It's things like these that make me more sympathetic to the Society of St. Pius X. Bl. John Paul II probably had the most target rich environment of any pope since the Arian heresy, and the only bishop he ever excommunicated was Marcel Lefebvre.
Some friendly fraternal correction gentlemen: this is God's Church. God himself will directly intervene to save it if he has to, but if God himself is forced to act it's going to be much more painful for all of us.