D. Manuel Clemente is an historian and a late vocation (he was 31 when he was ordained). He had very little parish experience and spent most of his career as a professor at the Portuguese catholic university. He was also the head of Lisbon's major seminary. He was later made auxiliary-bishop of Lisbon under D. José Policarpo. He became Bishop of Oporto in 2007.
When the succession of D. José Policarpo started to be discussed, he was seen as the "conservative" - some called him "ratzingerian" - candidate and eventually he was elevated to Patriach of Lisbon.
He announced a diocesan Synod for 2016 under the motto "o sonho missionário de chegar a todos"/"the missionary dream of reaching everybody". D. Manuel stated that the aim of the Synod was to "make available to everyone, every family, every community an occasion to experiment the joy of the gospel". There have been preparatory meetings and discussions at parish level (working groups) and an online questionnaire was launched that follows Evangelium Gaudium to the letter.
Unfortunately, it seems that D. Manuel is also following the Pope's lead in the choice of theologians.
A few weeks ago (23/12/2014) he was interviewed by center-rigth online newspaper "Observador". D. Manuel's words about the synod were interpreted in the following way:
His promotion to Cardinal might be related to his own "doctrinal development" concerning the Pope's pet causes. On the other hand. Lisbon has been a Cardinalatial See since the 18th century. It was agreed between Pope Clement XI and King John V of Portugal that the Patriach of Lisbon should be made a cardinal at the first consistory following his appointment. The thing is, this is the second consistory after D. Manuel's appointment ... so other factors might be involved.
My personal opinion is the following: D. Manuel is a very "middle-of-road" bishop, neither liberal, nor conservative. He is trying to follow Pope Francis's lead. He won't make waves and will go along with whatever the Pope decides. I think this was the reason why he was elevated to Cardinal.
His statements about the "divorced"/"remarried" issue reveal what he perceives to be the Pope's position. He might be a bit misled by the mainstream media's depiction of the Pope and/or he might have kept bad company during the synod (he was in Cd. Sistach's language group, the only group who praised the interim report).