Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Recently, bishops around the world learned that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Synod for next October, 2014. The theme for this gathering will be: Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. 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.”
As a preparation for this Extraordinary Synod, a preparatory document was developed to assist local bishops in gathering input from the faithful of his diocese. I am seeking the prayerful participation of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Cheyenne.
Many modern day experiences are explored in the survey, such as: same-sex unions, cohabitation, pastoral programs for divorced and remarried people, pastoral programs for engaged and married couples, and the marriage annulment process.
This survey is not a public opinion poll, but is 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 December16, 2013. Click Here To Take Survey
With gratitude for your prayerful participation, I remain,
In The Heart of Christ,
The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL0