Bishop asks SC faithful to participate in Vatican survey

CHARLESTON—Catholics in the Diocese of Charleston will have the opportunity to participate in the Vatican survey on Church teaching of marriage and family life.
Pope Francis called for a Synod of Bishops on the family in October 2014 called “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” To prepare, the Vatican requested that the world’s bishops provide an assessment of their flocks’ attitudes toward relevant church teachings.
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has invited the faithful of the diocese to take part in a survey designed to help determine their response to the promotion and acceptance of Catholic teachings on marriage and the family, and cultural and social challenges to those teachings.
A summary of the data will be presented to the bishops’ conferences for consideration by the synod.

The bishops’ conference has stated that the survey is an effort to gather information and not commentary. People who participate are urged to read about Church teaching on marriage and family in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or from the summarized document distributed by the Vatican before responding.
The survey and suggested preparatory material can be found at and click on the Survey on Marriage/Family link.
The deadline to complete it is Dec. 16.