In October 2014, Pope Francis will convene a Synod of Bishops to review and discuss Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization. In preparation for the Synod, the Holy See has asked Bishops throughout the world to respond to a series of questions, following their broad consultation with others in their dioceses. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge is asking priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese to be part of this important initiative.
The questions from the Holy See are intended to collect “experiences and proposals in proclaiming and living the Gospel of the Family in a credible manner.” In 2015, the Vatican will convene a follow-up assembly that will seek to develop “guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family.”
Among the challenges explored in the survey are: same-sex unions, cohabitation, pastoral programs for divorced and remarried people, pastoral programs for engaged and married couples, and the nullification of marriage process.
It should be noted that the survey is not a public opinion poll, but intended to be a prayerful reflection and response to challenges facing family life. At the beginning of the survey instrument, faithful will find a link to the background catechesis which they are asked to read.
The online instrument will be utilized to collate all responses submitted. Individuals who are unable to answer all of the questions are asked to provide responses to as many questions as possible, especially those which are indicated in bold.
The faithful are asked to complete the survey no later than December 6, 2013.