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November 15, 2013

ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA RELEASES
INSTRUMENT TO ENGAGE LOCAL INPUT
IN PREPARATION FOR 2014 SYNOD OF BISHOPS


In preparation for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome, the Holy See is inviting consultation of the clergy and faithful throughout the world on the theme of the upcoming council, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.

Some of these challenges include widespread cohabitation, same sex unions, polygamy, a disregard for the equality and dignity of spouses, a weakened sense of the permanence of marriage, and the negative impact of the media and legislation on the meaning of Christian marriage and family.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. has authorized the use of an Internet-based instrument for local participation in this consultation in the broadest possible manner. This is not a poll or a survey on Church teaching. Rather, this is a unique opportunity for the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to reflect and respond thoughtfully on serious challenges to family life and to marriage.

Responses to the questions posed by the Vatican will provide data for the preparation of the 2014 Synod of Bishops, which will proclaim the Gospel teaching on family and marriage in the face of today's challenges.

More information on the 2014 Synod of Bishops and the form to provide input to these questions can be found here: http://archphila.org/synod2014/synod2014.php. Responses to the questions should be returned by Monday, December 2, 2013. All responses will be integrated into a general report by the Archbishop to help with the preparation for the 2014 Synod of Bishops.


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