Questions for family synod put online for NZ

WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have put the questions from the preparatory document for the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome next year in an online survey format so that Catholics can contribute to the discussion on marriage, the family and related topics.
“Pope Francis has convened an extraordinary synod meeting in Rome next year, on marriage and the family and has asked bishops conferences worldwide to undertake wide consultation with their people, in order to provide input to the discussion,” said Archbishop John Dew, president of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.
“We’ve made the questions provided to us into an online survey for people to contribute to as many or as few questions and anonymously if they wish. We’re inviting people to focus on the questions which are most meaningful to them,” Archbishop Dew said.
“It is a valuable opportunity for Catholics in Aotearoa New Zealand to contribute to the discussion on marriage, family and related topics. We would like to hear from as many people as possible whether people would describe themselves as practising or non-practising or anything in between. It is especially important to us that young people will contribute their views to this discussion,” he said.
The bishops asked that people to circulate the link to the online survey to people they know who may like to contribute so that it can reach as many people as possible before the closing date Monday, 13 January 2014.

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