2014 Extraordinary Synod Survey Success!

Thanks to all those who participated in filling out the Vatican survey for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in December of 2013. All the information gathered will be forwarded to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, who will use it to prepare their report for the Vatican. Your input in this important venture is very much appreciated.


Pope Francis has announced that from October 5-19, 2014 a global synod of Catholic Bishops will be held in Rome. The theme of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is: Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”Pope Francis wishes to know more about the state of marriage and family in the Church, knowledge which will enhance the discussions to take place at the synod.

To prepare for the Synod,Bishops around the world have been asked to look at the situation of families in their dioceses and assess the effectiveness of pastoral teaching on marriage and family. The preparatory document sent by the Vatican ends with a series of questions seeking a response from bishops, religious orders, and other Catholic groups and lay people. 

The survey contained questions addressing themes such as contraception, same-sex unions, cohabitation, marriage and divorce, etc.  The questions also look at how Catholic teaching on the value of the family has been received and understood. The survey responses will help inform Pope Francis and the bishops of the challenges faced by today’s families. 

Resource information, along with the Vatican’s Preparatory Document: “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization,” can be found below.

Surveys were due by Monday, December 16, 2013 so that input can be collated and forwarded to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops by December 31, 2013.

If you have questions, please contact:

Teresa Hartnett,
Director of the Family Ministry Office
905-528-7988 ext. 2250



See the full Vatican Preparatory Document: "Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization"

The following resources will assist you in learning more about the Church's teaching on the family:

Guadium et Spes (Faith and Hope ) Vatican II Document

Familiaris Consortio (On the Family) John Paul II Encyclical

Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Pope Francis Encyclical

Humanae Vitae (On Human Life) Pope Paul VI

Catechism of the Catholic Church