Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican survey on family not intended for public release, says spokesman for English bishops

Catholic World News - April 15, 2014

A survey on marriage and family, distributed by the Vatican in preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, was not intended for public release, according to a spokesman for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales.

Last year the Vatican distributed a series of questions to the world’s episcopal conferences, asking the bishops to share the questions “as widely as possible.” In several countries, the bishops published the questions in the form of a survey.

But Msgr. Marcus Stock, the secretary-general of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, said that Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who heads the office of the Synod, “wrote to the president of the bishops’ conference requesting that the summary, resulting from the responses of the various dioceses, not be made public.” Msgr. Stock made this revelation in a letter to the liberal group Call to Action, which had been pressing for release of the survey results.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,942 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,058.29
46% 54%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod 12 hours ago
Dominican theologians assess proposals for divorced and remarried 12 hours ago
The ‘Pope Francis effect’—changing the way the world sees the papacy 13 hours ago
Renewal with God Behind Us: Man Determines All July 28
Introducing the Church Fathers July 27

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21