Pastoral Challenges to the Family
in the Context of Evangelization:
Preparatory Document (PDF)
The Diocese of Superior has reviewed and submitted the findings of a survey on marriage and family life that was part of the Vatican’s effort to prepare for an Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family which will be held in October.
Last December, the Holy See asked dioceses to examine the pastoral challenges of marriage and family life in the context of the new evangelization. As Archbishop Bruno Forte, special secretary and an advocate for the new evangelization, explained,
“addressing the challenges of contemporary family life is not, therefore, a matter of debating doctrinal questions, which have in any case been clarified by the Magisterium,”
rather it is time for the “entire Church [and its leaders] to listen to the problems and expectations of many families today, manifesting Her closeness and credibly proposing God’s mercy and the beauty of responding to His call.”
At Pope Francis’ request, a synod of bishops will convene to discuss how pastors can reach out to families in this time of social and spiritual crisis.
On October 5-19, 2014 the Synod will be the first of two extraordinary meetings planned under Pope Francis. The first will be attended by a select group of about 100 people, including the presidents of all episcopal conferences. The second, held in 2015, will be much larger, opening up to include experts and Catholic families. Responses to the preparatory document were submitted by the bishops by the end of the 2013 calendar year.