Dear Reverend Fathers, Reverend Sisters, and Catholic friends,
Kindly excuse this common enquiry under Bcc to all. Please treat it as a most important individual communication from me.
If you share my concern, please circulate this letter to all your contacts. I will greatly appreciate any feedback/information and I give you my assurance that I will not use your name or email address in the present report that I am preparing.
The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family will meet at the Vatican October 5-19, 2014.
It will include a dozen or more voting members named by the pope, three priests chosen by the Union of Superiors General, a dozen or more expert advisers, about a dozen representatives of other Christian churches and up to 30 observers, more than half comprised of married couples -- who will be encouraged to address the assembly
A preparatory questionnaire was distributed in October 2013 and summarized in the synod working document that was published in June 2013 demonstrated a desire to hear from the grassroots. The topics raised in the questionnaire included contraception, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, premarital sex and in vitro fertilization. (cf. http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1403095.htm)
I have been closely following developments on this issue and have been preparing a sort of "study" as I am greatly concerned about a number of statements attributed to Pope Francis and then denied or "explained" by Vatican sources and manipulated by the secular media as well as extreme liberal Catholic groups. While just a couple of important and senior individuals in the Church appear to be defending the traditional positions of the Church against compromise and change, there is a lot of speculation even in the Catholic media about which side will prevail at the Synod, and whose side the Pope will come down on (seeing that popular opinion, surveys and polls indicate that "Catholics" want revolutionary changes in the traditional moral teachings of the Church).
Unfortunately, many statements (and actions) by Pope Francis have not been very reassuring and have drawn criticism from faithful Catholics, including many in ministry. It is not possible for me to provide documentation in this letter but the interested reader may examine just two (of a total of seven in the Quo Vadis series) reports at this ministry's web site:
While conservative, traditional and faithful Catholics are apparently ignorant or unconcerned about the Synod, dissenting, dissident and leftwing groups have galvanized themselves into action and have been garnering support for their agendae worldwide. Just one example: www.catholicchurchreform.com. They have had regional and national level meetings, organized their own questionnaires and signature campaigns and are busy submitting their findings and proposals to Catholic Bishops' Conferences and to Rome. Their agendae include, but naturally, pro-choice and anti-life programs, lifting of the ban on use of contraceptives, recognition of the LGBT (same-sex) lobby, Holy Communion for divorced and remarried individuals, optional celibacy for priests, the ordination of women, and much more. They are displaying a purpose and unity that appears to be totally missing among Indian Catholics. I hope I am utterly wrong in my presumption. Still, I assure you that my
 findings give me serious reasons for concern. If you are presently unaware of the details, you will be provided them in my report in a couple of weeks.
What I need to have or need to know to help me in the preparation of my report that I intend to send to the CBCI and to Rome:
-Any information whatsoever about the Synod, irrespective of date and source. Please give me the URLs only.
-To what extent and manner was the Vatican questionnaire/survey circulated/announced/discussed with the laity in your diocese/city and approximately when?
-Your personal opinions, if any.
-Do you have any idea of who the Indian priests and lay persons are who have been deputed by the Indian Church to attend the Extraordinary Synod on our behalf? If not, can you please find out and let me know?
Please do not dismiss this letter lightly. If you will not reply, please circulate it to other Catholics; if you cannot do that either, pray.
If in the future, God forbid, we are burdened with unacceptable changes to Catholic morality and the Faith of our Fathers, it may be too late for us to regret. Our children and theirs will hold us responsible. Remember that the forces of evil in the opposite camp are extremely well organized and pro-active; see the web pages of www.catholicchurchreform.com which alone has dozens of allied support groups worldwide. www.catholicchurchreform.com is a lobby that is promoting every type of perversion such as homosexuality and women priests to name just two in the name of "Catholic Church Reform".
Michael Prabhu

About The Voice Of Bombay's Catholic Laity

Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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