In preparation for the General Synod of Bishops on the family, due to take place in Rome between October 4 and 25, 2015, the Diocese of Brooklyn is surveying members of the faithful on their views concerning the challenges facing marriage and family life today. A similar effort was made in late 2013 as a basis for a diocesan report sent to the United States Conference of Bishops (USCCB), which had been compiling similar reports from dioceses throughout the country in anticipation of the Extraordinary Synod of 2014.
We invite you to answer the following questions in a spirit of prayerfulness as you consider many of the topics that the bishops, other clergy, consecrated women and men, and lay faithful will be discussing later this fall. The results of the survey will again be sent to the USCCB, whose President, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, has instructed conference staff to draw up an aggregate report on behalf of the Catholic faithful of our country.
On several occasions, Pope Francis has reaffirmed the family as the basic cell of society and the Church. It is for the Holy Father “the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation.” There really can be no other topic to engage the best energies of our Catholic leaders and the faithful of our day, which like those who have preceded us are called to “give a reason for our hope” (cf. 1 Peter 3:15).
The staff of the Diocesan Administration and our colleagues from DeSales Media are grateful to you for taking the time to fill out the survey. Let us remember in our prayers all the Catholic families of our diocese, that they may continue to radiate the joy of the gospel in our parishes and throughout our city. The survey expires on March 11.
Fr. James Massa
Moderator of the Curia
Vicar for Evangelization and Higher Education
The Diocese of Brooklyn