November 18, 2013

Many everyday Catholics are anxious to weigh in on questions the Vatican has sent out in preparation for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family next October.

In a brief report to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 11, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he’s awaiting clarification from the Holy See about how preparatory material such as the answers to a questionnaire sent to the world’s bishops’ conferences, will be used.

In the meantime, several bishops said they are already consulting with their priests’ councils or other diocesan organizations.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the bishops of Great Britain have created a website for people to weigh in on the questions for the synod.

“I’ve had emails saying people expect to do this,” Chaput said.