Synod on the Family

March 11, 2015

The SACBC has  sent out a questionnaire  asking the laity for responses on  some aspects of  Family  Life issues identified from the preparatory Synod held in Rome last year. All parishioners are invited to respond albeit that the time allotted is very short-13th March!!!! Some groups have already engaged and  found themselves unable to answer the questions  as formulated, but have become aware of the importance of engaging with this vital issue in which the laity are the “experiential experts”.  The Jesuit Institute has also compiled a broader based questionnaire to provoke discussion and response.

Both are offered here.

1.  Jesuit Questionnaire
You can find it electronically at   Questionnaire    or  www.jesuitinstitute.org.za
Email completed questionnaires to  [email protected]

OR

You can also post it to the Jesuit Institute at PostNet Box 135, Private Bag X9 Melville, 2109

2. Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference :  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SACBC-family 

PREPARATION FOR THE XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS 2015

“The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.” 

INTRODUCTION

Towards the end of 2013, the Holy See distributed throughout the world, a set of questions that formed the basis for discussions at the recent III Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in November 2014.

A number of concerns were highlighted, these included:

  1. Marriage Preparation and Accompaniment
  2. Marriage breakdown (Divorce and Civil marriage)
  3. Access to Tribunals for Annulments
  4. Co-habitation

Other issues were also discussed, namely single parent families, child-headed families and persons with a same sex attraction.

As we prepare for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops tasked with examining the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary Word, Pope Francis has tasked us with involving all components of our local church, organizations, lay movements and other ecclesial associations with discussing this topic.  In the light of this request, we ask you to complete the following questionnaire on family life issues most prevalent in our Church.

This will assist our Bishops representing the SACBC in providing as accurate a picture as possible of our situation at this General Assembly of Bishops from around the world.

Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and helping us better meet the needs and assist with the challenges of families in our region. 

  1. In regard to Marriage Preparation and accompaniment of the newly married in the parish

{Lineamenta ns. 39-40}

  • What preparation for Marriage is being done in the parish?
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  • Do you believe that this is sufficient or not?
  • ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • What programmes of accompaniment are available to newly married couples?
  • ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Is adequate instruction being given on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and its indissolubility in Confirmation and RCIA? {Lineamenta n.40}
  • ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • What more could be done in regard Marriage Preparation?
  • ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • How do you support and enrich good marriages?
  • ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Life Issues

{Lineamenta ns.57-59}

Do Catholics understand and accept the Church’s teaching on the transmission of life?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Is this teaching presented in Catechetical Instruction in the parish?

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Is abortion a significant pastoral concern?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What pastoral care is being offered to those who have participated in an abortion?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. In regard to Cohabitation in the parish

{Lineamenta ns. 41-43}

How many Roman Catholic couples are known to be cohabiting in the parish?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Do they intend to marry eventually?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What reasons do they give for not marrying?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are any of these in the process of traditional cultural marriage?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How many children from such situations are presented for baptism and catechetical instruction?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What pastoral care is being given to these couples?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How are couples living together being encouraged to choose marriage?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. In regard to Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

{Lineamenta ns. 44-54}

How serious a concern are people who are:

Divorced without remarriage or with the intention to remarry;

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Divorced and remarried?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

In what ways do couples who are divorced and remarried remain actively involved in the life and ministry of the parish?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How can we respond compassionately to people in irregular unions while remaining faithful to the teaching of Christ and the Church?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  •  5 In regard to Annulments in the parish

{Lineamenta ns. 44-54}

How many people in the parish have approached the parish with a view to having their marriage which has broken down submitted to the annulment process?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Does the process need to be simpler, less difficult and less costly?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How can this be done?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

  1. In regard to other Family Life issues and challenges in the parish

Same sex attraction {Lineamenta 55-56}

How serious a concern is the pastoral care of those with same sex attraction?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Have parents of people with same sex attraction have sought assistance in this regard?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How can we respond better to people of same sex attraction and their families?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What responses are not appropriate?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How can we help them respond to God’s will?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Single parents {Lineamenta ns. 29-38}

Are there many single parents in the parish?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Are they single parents by choice (do not want to marry) or by force of circumstances (widowed, divorced or abandoned)?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What support is being given to single parents?

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Polygamy {Lineamenta 29-38}

Is polygamy a significant issue in your parish?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What pastoral approaches have you attempted?

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. Child Headed Families
    1. How widespread is this problem in your parish?

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What other Family Life issues are of pastoral concern in the parish?

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. How can we help all people see that no one is beyond God’s mercy?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COMPLETE THIS SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE!

 

Jesuit Questionnaire
You can find it electronically at   Questionnaire    or  www.jesuitinstitute.org.za
Email completed questionnaires to  [email protected]

OR

You can also post it to the Jesuit Institute at PostNet Box 135, Private Bag X9 Melville, 2109

 

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