In preparation for the General Synod of Bishops on the Family, due to take place this year in Rome from October 4th through October 25th, the Diocese of Brooklyn launched a survey on marriage and family life, to reflect the views and concerns of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens.
“This survey is our response to and support of Pope Francis’ desire for a welcoming Church. In order to better attend our spiritual needs and desires, the Church wants to listen to and understand its people, especially in one of the most important matters: the family,” said the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The survey is a joint effort of the Diocese of Brooklyn and DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese. The survey is available in both English and Spanish, the two main languages of the multicultural diocese, also known as the Diocese of Immigrants.
A summary of the survey results will be sent to the United States Conference of Bishops (USCCB), who is preparing an aggregated report on behalf of the Catholic faithful of the Nation.
A similar effort was made in late 2013 as a basis for a diocesan report sent to the USCCB, which had been compiling similar reports from dioceses throughout the country in anticipation of the Extraordinary Synod of 2014.