Monthly Archives: November 2013

HOMOSEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS

The Pope’s questionnaire contains the following questions:

Question 5  a. Is there a law in your country recognizing civil unions for people of the same-sex and equating it in some way to marriage?

Question 5  b. What is the attitude of the local and particular Churches towards both the State as the promoter of civil unions between persons of the same sex and the people involved in this type of union?

Question 5  c. What pastoral attention can be given to people who have chosen to live in these types of union?

Question 5  d. In the case of unions of persons of the same sex who have adopted children, what can be done pastorally in light of transmitting the faith?

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According to official Vatican documents, gays or lesbians are not allowed to have any sexual relationships. They state that gay or lesbian ‘unions’ go against Natural Law and may never equated with a heterosexual marriage.

If you are a homosexual yourself, could you describe your experience in this area?  What is it like to be a Catholic and live in a homosexual relationship? Do you feel you are guilty of immorality/ Do you receive any support from the Church?

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DIVORCED AND REMARRIED

The Questionnaire sent out by the Pope asks the following questions:

Question 4 c. Are separated couples and those divorced and remarried a pastoral reality in your particular Church? Can you approximate a percentage? How do you [= bishops and priests] deal with this situation in appropriate pastoral programmes?

Question 4 d. How do the baptized live in this irregular situation? Are they aware of it? Are they simply indifferent? Do they feel marginalized or suffer from the impossibility of receiving the sacraments?

Question 4 e. What questions do divorced and remarried people pose to the Church concerning the Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Reconciliation? Among those persons who find themselves in these situations, how many ask for these sacraments?

Question 4 g. Does a ministry exist to attend to these cases? Describe this pastoral ministry? Do such programmes exist on the national and diocesan levels? How is God’s mercy proclaimed to separated couples and those divorced and remarried and how does the Church put into practice her support for them in their journey of faith?

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Have you experienced divorce and re-marriage? What difference has it made to your taking part in the life of the Church? Are you able to receive Holy Communion?

Could you describe your experience? Could you comment on points raised in the Pope’s questionnaire, for instance: did you receive support from your parish priest, or from others in the Church? What more can be done to guide Catholics who are divorced and remarried? How can they be made to feel welcome?

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FAMILY PLANNING – BIRTH CONTROL

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?

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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.

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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?

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