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In his questionnaire, the Pope asks:

Question 7 a.  What knowledge do Christians have today of the teachings of Humanae Vitae on responsible parenthood [= ban on the use of contraceptives]? Are they aware of how morally to evaluate the different methods of family planning? Could any insights be suggested in this regard pastorally?

Question 7 b. Is this moral teaching accepted [by the faithful]? What aspects pose the most difficulties in a large majority of couples accepting this teaching?

Question 7 c. What natural methods are promoted by the particular Churches to help spouses put into practice the teachings of Humanae Vitae?

Question 7 d. What is your experience on this subject in the practice of the Sacrament of Penance and participation at the Eucharist?

Question 7 f. How can a more open attitude towards having children be fostered? How can an increase in births be promoted?


There is no need for the purpose of this study to answer each of the above questions individually. What we would ask you to do is to simply tell your story, to share your experience of family life and what you have done, or have decided to do regarding family planning.

Please, give your reasons. While writing your story, please, try to relate it to some of the points raised in the questionnaire. Were you aware of the official stand of the Church against contraceptives? Did you know about alternative methods of family planning? Have you tried any of them? Has your decision affected your participation in Confession and the Eucharist, etc.?

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Pope Francis asks you to share your experiences

In preparation for the 2014 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis is calling on all the faithful to let him know how certain doctrines of the Catholic Church impact Catholic practice.


In particular, three areas are of special importance:

  1. The present official total ban on the use of contraceptives, in any circumstances. See FAMILY PLANNING – BIRTH CONTROL click.
  2. The prohibition for Catholics who are divorced and have remarried by civil law to receive Holy Communion. See DIVORCED AND REMARRIED click.
  3. The prohibition for gay or lesbian Catholics to have intimate sexual relationships. HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS click.

Please, share your experience by clicking on the appropriate Category and adding your testimony as a Comment.

Or answer these more general questions:

  • Do you experience that the teaching of the church on marriage and sexuality is relevant (understandable, applicable to your life?
  • Do you find that your own, personal experience of being married or of living as a sexual person is reflected in church teaching?
  • Do you think that the official teaching of the church is adequately informed by modern psychology, sociology or medical science?

If you want your name to remain anonymous, use a pseudonym but make sure your email address – which will not be shown to the public – is correct.