Catholic organizations post open letter to let bishops know 2015 Synod on the Family needs broad input

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Should only bishops be heard at 2015 Synod on the Family?

Voice of the Faithful®, along with 15 other Catholic organizations, is issuing an open letter calling on the world’s bishops to widen the circle of auditors and experts invited to the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.

In part, the letter states: “We urge the Vatican Synod office to make every effort to include a wide diversity of Catholics, especially those from the constituencies being discussed: divorced and remarried people; cohabitating couples; interfaith families; impoverished families; single parents; families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members; same-sex couples; and families torn by the violence of war and abuse.”

Click here to read and sign the letter and offer additional comment. You have until March 3. The letter then will be sent to all English-speaking bishops and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. The Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family takes place this October.

COR (Catholic Organizations for Renewal), to which VOTF belongs, also has put up a website to help facilitate input into the synod — OurCatholicFamily.org — And Click here to download sample letters and resources from fellow COR member FutureChurch. These will help you communicate your views to your bishop.

Click here to review the Lineamenta the Vatican has sent to bishops around the world to outline the parameters of the synod and the process of collecting input.

Voice of the Faithful® is a worldwide movement of faithful Roman Catholics working to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse, support priests of integrity and increase the laity’s role in governance and guidance of the Church.

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  1. #1 by Sally Murphy Doganieri on January 22, 2015 - 5:19 PM

    Put the Resurrected Christ back on the altar. While we know there could be no resurrection without the crucifixion. however, we are people of the resurrection. Perhaps the resurrected Jesus with the cross behind him would be more appropriate. We, who believe have been saved by His death and resurrection. Let’s claim it. Next get rid of the word “consubstantial” which means “one in being (substance) with the father.”

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  2. #2 by Sally Murphy Doganieri on January 22, 2015 - 5:07 PM

    Call upon the Holy Spirit again to renew the church. Without the leadership of the Holy Spirit we are dependent on human beings who can do nothing without the advocate Jesus sent to us to guide the church (his people). Too many varied opinions and right fighters unwilling to concede to what God wants. Pope John XXIII intercede on our behalf.

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