In preparation for the Synod of Bishops to be held in October 4–25, 2015 on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World,” the Vatican has asked the world’s bishops for a “broad consultation.”
The basis for this broad consultation is the Relatio Synodi [Synod Report] of the Extraordinary General Assembly held October 5–19, 2014 and the Lineamenta [Outline] for the Ordinary General Assembly to be held in October 2015.
The consultation requires a thoughtful reading and reflections on these documents and a response to questions that accompany the Lineamenta.
Specifically, the Lineamenta has asked for responses to a set of 46 questions. In order to facilitate the response from the Archdiocese, below we have provided the Vatican’s set of questions. You are invited to respond on-line to these questions.
This instrument is designed to be electronically disseminated and collated. Pastors, academic leaders, leaders of Catholic agencies and organizations, leaders of religious congregations and lay movements and ecclesial associations, are asked to distribute this consultation as widely as possible. Individual as well as organized group responses are acceptable responses to this consultation.
Responses are to be made by Monday, March 9 in order to be included in the report that the Archdiocese will present to the United States Catholic Conference.
The results of this consultation, together with the Relatio Synodi, will serve as the basis for the Instrumentum laboris [Working Document] of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of 2015.
Thank you for your time and interest in this consultation. Let us pray together for the greater proclamation of the Gospel and its reception among us on Christian family.