With months to go before October's synod on the family, bishops from around the world are already discussing some of the main topics.
Synod on the Family
Opinion: The only healthy family, according to the bishops of the world, is one with a wife and a husband. This makes me sorrowful.
The church must have more confidence in the faithful and take greater heed of decisions of conscience, the German Conference of Religious Superiors says.
NCR Today: Which U.S. dioceses are surveying their Catholics to send input to the Vatican for the next Synod of Bishops on the family?
As of Friday morning, 1,100 people have responded to the 20-question survey produced by Catholic Church Reform International.
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests is asking its members not to answer the synod questions, but instead rank them in importance.
NCR Today: If you found the official survey on family life presented to Catholics difficult to answer, try the survey prepared by Strong Catholic Families.
There are not a lot of options for Catholics whose dioceses are not seeking input for the Vatican's synod questionnaire.
A NCR investigation of websites and online publications found that roughly 52 percent of Latin-rite archdioceses and dioceses have begun to gather information in some capacity.
Catholics who want to give input to their local bishops ahead of October's global Synod of Bishops on the family have ample opportunity -- but they better hurry.