The Vatican has released a poll, which they gave to the bishops conference in every country in the world. The orders are to release the poll to as many parishes as possible, as quickly as possible. They want the input of everyday Catholics on a number of issues.
As usual, the media is only reporting on the questions that deal with sex, same-sex marriage, and divorce. So the only questions we know of for sure include the following:
- What is the value of the family? What are the difficulties in the church's teaching on the value of the family?
- Is the church's teaching on birth control accepted by Catholics? What aspects pose the most difficulties in a large majority of couple's accepting this teaching?
- What is being done for people who have chosen to live in same-sex unions? For those couples who have adopted, how are their children cared and provided for?
The deadline for the poll is the end of January. This is being done in preparation for the extraordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which Pope Francis announced will take place next October. The topic is "the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization".