SYNOD 2015: Preparations Begin with Key Questions About Collecting Data and the Goal of Church Ministry

Bondings 2.0

The next Synod on the Family is not until October, but already Catholics from all quarters are discerning how to prepare well and what the next meeting may entail.

The purpose of the Synod on the Family is to discern pastoral responses to the questions that a dynamic world has about marriage and sexuality. Today, Bondings 2.0 ruminates on the key question of just why the church exists and how it can respond to families today.

As was reported in December, the Vatican has released a second questionnaire to better understand the realities of family today. Its impact, however, is unknown. Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, told The Advocate:

” ‘Regardless of the merits or drawbacks of these questions, the real import will be in whether bishops actually do the wide consultation that is called for by this document.’

” ‘In 2013, the U.S. bishops did very little in terms of consulting the laity in…

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