Synod of Bishops Consultation

Synod of Bishops Consultation

Pope Francis has called for an Extraordinary Synod to take place at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.

Around 150 Synod Fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization” and how best to re-propose the centrality of matrimony and the transmission of faith in the home within the proclamation of the Gospel in our contemporary society.

Please click on the link below to access the paper from the Synod of Bishops, regarding the meeting of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops due to be held in Rome, 5th-19th October 2014 on the theme Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation.

The Secretariat has asked that the Document be shared immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received regarding the themes and responses to the questionnaire, as well as any helpful statistics, for the preparation of the Instrumentum laboris.


Paper from the Synod of Bishops

Statement from the Irish Bishops' Conference


You can forward your responses to for inclusion.


This ‘Preparatory Document’ also includes the consultation questions which are grouped under the following ten sections:

  1. The Diffusion of the Teachings on the Family in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Magisterium
  2. Marriage according to the Natural Law
  3. The Pastoral Care of the Family in Evangelization
  4. Pastoral Care in Certain Difficult Marital Situations
  5. On Unions of Persons of the Same Sex
  6. The Education of Children in Irregular Marriages
  7. The Openness of the Married Couple to Life
  8. The Relationship Between the Family and the Person
  9. Other Challenges and Proposals
  10. Further comments