In October 2015, representative bishops from around the world will meet with Pope Francis in the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to consider the topic: The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014 was a preparation for the October 2015 Synod. It issued a document called the "Relatio Synodiâ€ that contains proposed reflections in preparation for the 2015 Ordinary Synod. Bishops throughout the world have been asked to consult with the faithful of their dioceses regarding the reflections contained in the "Relatio Synodiâ€ and then to present a report to the Episcopal Conference. The Episcopal Conference will then send a summary report to the Holy See, which will then prepare the "Working Documentâ€ ("Instrumentum Laborisâ€) for the October 2015 Synod.
I must send my report from our diocese to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in March. I wish to invite the faithful of our diocese to send to me their thoughts and opinions after prayerfully reflecting on the "Relatio Synodi.â€ which is posted on our diocesan website and is printed here in this Jan. 25, issue of Today's Catholic. I am open to any thoughts, opinions and suggestions that people wish to share with me. You can do so online by going to our diocesan website (www.diocesefwsb.org). I ask that all input be sent by Feb. 25 so we have time to reflect on the results to prepare my report to the USCCB. I have prepared some specific questions that I offer for your reflection in light of the reflections contained in the "Relatio Synodi.â€