Justice in the Church
The Synod of Bishops on the Family 2015

Thank you to everyone who participated in Our Catholic Family Listening Sessions this spring!
 

Actions you took and can still take as we head toward the 2015 Family Synod!

Pope Francis created a new atmosphere of openness and dialogue at the synod on the family in October 2014.  INFORMATION FROM THE 2014 EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD.

But along with his major reform of the synodal process, it is equally clear that he wants to see reform of the pastoral practices of the Church to create a more loving open environment.

This reform is going to take shape this year.  How far it will go will depend, in part, on the engagement of Catholics like you as we urge our leaders to develop more effective pastoral practices based on justice, love, and compassion for all.

From all reports, there is a strong contingent of Francis' allies who are moving the needle on reform.  And it is up to us to make sure we don’t lose this moment by doing our part.

Here is what you can do:

  1.  Send a letter to your bishop (see downloads). Ask him to:
     
    1. Develop the mechanisms for obtaining grassroots input from all Catholics through listening sessions, surveys and other structures for engaging in frank, honest and respectful discussions about the realities of family life, marriage, sexuality.
       
    2. Make recommendations to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, to include experts and auditors who represent the full spectrum of Catholic families including divorced and remarried, cohabiting, same sex union, those who do not, in faith, adhere to the Church’s teachings on contraception.
       
  2. Sign our open letter and petition asking synod leaders to "widen the circle."  Ask synod leaders to widen the circle of experts and auditors to include a greater diversity of Catholics including divorced and remarried, those in same sex unions, cohabitating, etc. Also urge him to encourage all bishops to develop mechanisms for obtaining grassroots input from all Catholics through listening session, survey, and other strucutre for engaging in honest and respectful dialogue about the realities of family life, marriage and sexuality.
     
  3. Meet with your bishop asking him to devise a plan for getting grassroots input in your diocese.  Ask him to develop the mechanisms for obtaining grassroots input from all Catholics through listening sessions, surveys and other structures for engaging in frank, honest and respectful discussions about the realities of family life, marriage, sexuality.
     
  4. Convene a listening session in your diocese.  Catholics want to have meaningful engagement with synod leaders about the issues being discussed at 2105 Family Synod.  In February and March 2015, Catholics are asked to come together, dialogue about marriage, family and pastoral practices and send their responses to organizers (FutureChurch, American Catholic Council, Voice of the Faithful) so we can create a report for synod leaders by the deadline, April 15, 2015.  Learn more!  
     
  5. Gather a delegation to meet with voting members of the synod.  Include Catholics who are divorced and remarried; in same sex relationships; cohabiting; and those who, in faith, cannot abide by the Church’s teachings on birth control.

    RESOURCES
    Dioceses and conferences offering surveys to Catholics on the 2015 Family Synod

    List of Synod Delegates