The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops began its 2015 General Assembly in St. Louis today.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky presented 12 general findings from the family surveys that each diocese circulated to local Catholics. The results are revealing, and, in some cases, echo broader concerns regarding the substance of the Synod relatio. Some of the key points:
1. The Catholic faithful are eager to assist their bishops. The framing of the survey questions left something to be desired, respondents said.
2. The survey was incomplete. The question was raised: "What was missing from relatio?" The answer: "The absence of marriage as a vocation." Also, a significant number...READ MORE