Having looked at the actual documents, there is a mixed bag, such that anyone can find something to like and something that gives pause. I also read "Vatican bemoans premature release" , Advice for the Pope, and The Great Catholic Cave in that Wasn't.
The big issue for me was what is the Synod on the Family and why is it? So I did some more homework...I found out the actual theme of the Synod at the USCCB website:
Q: What is the theme of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops?
The writings that spurred so much controversy make much more sense in light of the theme of these discussions.
While changing the terms to simply read "Sinners" would satisfy those who thirst for an affirmation of doctrine, it wouldn't let anyone hear what was said, because few even amongst the faithful, are willing to admit openly, belonging to that category. We aren't those type of sinners. Or we don't do those type of sins. We may be a church of the fallen, but everyone likes to believe everyone else is more fallen, meaning somehow, we're less in need of God's grace. Naming those being sought, helped those being sought hear what was said next.
Everyone want to be affirmed, petted and told we were good sheep.
It is the human failing, the moral failing of presumption. It becomes very easy to sympathize with the older brother in the story of the Prodigal son, or the workers in the vineyard who served all day and get the same as those who came last if we're in it for the accolades of the Father, and not for love of the Father.
We all want to somehow merit more praise than the other. We all want the Church to say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." when what we should always recognize "You, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty." (Luke 17:10).