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10 January, 2015 0 Comments

By Lyle Dunne

The Vatican is seeking your view on the Synod on the Family.

I received this today:

Following the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October, Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops are once again seeking responses to questions as part of their preparation for the 2015 Synod on the Family.

The theme for the Second Synod on the Family is “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World”.??Engaging in this questionnaire is a way to take an active role in shaping how we share the Gospel and respond to the needs of those around us.

A series of 30 questions on this theme has been made available by the Australian Bishops for the further consideration of the faithful. It will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

Submissions close COB 9th February. Please feel free to share!

So I’m sharing.

Here is the questionnaire – for Canberra/Goulburn, but I gather the questions are the same. You’ll doubtless find a link on your Diocesan website, or just use this one.

My strong advice is to click on the link and respond – even though, as was the case last time around, many of the questions are not ones one which it makes sense to seek the views of the faithful at large.

For example, if you wanted to find out what was being done to promote the indissolubility of marriage, would you send out a questionnaire at random asking

20. What is being done to help people understand the greatness and beauty of the indissolubility of marriage?

– with no mention of, say, by whom? I wonder who gets the job of trawling through the several million replies?

There are a number of other questions, which give the vague impression of an organisation very keen to be seen to be consultative – with perhaps an inadvertent subtext that we don’t really have a clue what we’re doing. (“29. What movements and associations are there in the area of marriage and the family?” I ask you. If you didn’t know – is this how you’d try to find out?)

But you might want to focus on questions like

10. Does the final Synod Document offer an adequate account of marriage and the family or does more need to be said?

[Or maybe less?]

More anon. But given the deadline, I wanted to get this out urgently.

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