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  1. William Brown says:

    This survey is a great idea to get fresh thinking on how the Church might better carry out its mission just as long as the Church sticks with the Gospel and does not give in to the cultural whim of the moment.

  2. I filled out the survey the bishops sent (and will fill out yours) but found that the way the questions were worded were not really able to “cover the ground”–no real possibility of what families were doing, able to develop in parishes, etc. The best possibilities for that I found in this statement by Maureen Fiedler:

    Hopes and Dreams for the 2014 Synod on the Family
    (NCR, November 18, 2013)

    There is something unreal about a group of men who claim lives of celibacy coming together for a synod on the family. Granted, they were part of families growing up, but they are not spouses or parents in a family as adults.

    When I think about what a synod on the family should look like, I picture parents and grandparents and perhaps older children coming together to discuss issues they know firsthand from their own lives. They would come from around the globe, all continents and cultures, to share ideas, problems and theological understandings.

    At the very least, the coming 2014 synod on the family should have a large number of such consultants — men and women who actually form families — to make decisions about contraception, economic realities, and the future of children who come out as gay or lesbian.

    In fact, if Pope Francis ever decides to follow Pope John XXIII and call a council of the church, I believe it should be a “Council of the People of God,” not a meeting of bishops alone. Again, it would be predominantly men and women (in equal numbers) from across the globe, sharing insights on a church of the future and making decisions together.

    I can dream, can’t I?

  3. Patricia Pawlak says:

    PLease let me know if this survey helps? We really need to do some work to get back all the fallen away Catholics. My family has quite a few.

  4. Daniel delValle says:

    Sometimes I think about become and Orthodox or an Eastern Rite. I am afraid of the Liberalization of the Roman Catholic Church.

  5. Rosemary Moriarty says:

    Pope Francis is going to bring many Catholics back to the Church because he is opening it up in the spirit of Christ. It is wonderful to be asked an opinion. The Bishops just want to dictate and not listen. God Bless Pope Francis.

  6. Anne Laurance says:

    I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the life of the Church in this way. I am unspeakably encouraged by current possibilities in our Faith Community.

  7. Frances Weber says:

    Remember, God helps those who help themselves. And there will always be poor among us. We must enable them, not ensure they never achieve for themselves. I don’t see this survey covering this important topic.

  8. There is something unreal about a group of men who claim lives of celibacy coming together for a synod on the family. Granted, they were part of families growing up, but they are not spouses or parents in a family as adults.

    When I think about what a synod on the family should look like, I picture parents and grandparents and perhaps older children coming together to discuss issues they know firsthand from their own lives. They would come from around the globe, all continents and cultures, to share ideas, problems and theological understandings.

    At the very least, the coming 2014 synod on the family should have a large number of such consultants — men and women who actually form families — to make decisions about contraception, economic realities, and the future of children who come out as gay or lesbian.

    In fact, if Pope Francis ever decides to follow Pope John XXIII and call a council of the church, I believe it should be a “Council of the People of God,” not a meeting of bishops alone. Again, it would be predominantly men and women (in equal numbers) from across the globe, sharing insights on a church of the future and making decisions together.

    I can dream, can’t I?

    THIS IS A QUOTE FROM ANN MCLENNON, ABOVE

  9. M. McCue says:

    I second everything Ann McClennan posted. I have to add that I help educate many young people and I’ve noticed that a large number do not come from a traditional family unit. They reside in group homes, rehabs and foster care. They are given things that society feels they need (a roof over their head, food in their belly, a computer, and their nails done), but they are not given what will help them to grow and be nourished. Few of them seem to know God or understand what a healthy family relationship is. They rarely learn how to be responsible for their own actions, to be compassionate, or seek forgiveness from others. Spirituality, values and morals are the things they need.

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