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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One testimony on “Pope Francis asks you to share your experiences

  1. I married at the age of 20 in 1968 and by my 23rd birthday I had had two children both very much wanted. This was despite practicising natural birth control. However, in 1974 my husband was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystrophy (not the Duchenne type) and I had to have both my children tested for the disease as it is hereditary. The Consultants told me that my son was at risk of inheriting the same disease. I had been made aware by the Consultants that any further children could also be affected with the same disease as my husband. A few weeks after this I found I was expecting another child but despite the Doctor pressing me to have a termination, I carried on with the pregnancy. Unfortunately at four months I miscarried my baby at home. I was in a terrible state of mind. I had just been told that my husband was incurably ill and now I had lost my child. At the time, there were two priests at my local church and despite my mother telling one of them what had happened, neither of them visited at any time. I felt bereft and badly needed the consolation of the church, I even wrote to the Bishop explaining the disease that my husband had been diagnosed with and the risk to my children. He responded by telling me that children born with disabilities are the flowers in the garden of God. This did not help my state of mind! At this juncture my husband (who was not a Catholic) decided to have a vasectomy. I continued to go to Mass and receive the sacraments as I felt that I and my husband had not committed a mortal sin. We had had two children and felt that we had done our duty. My husband died at the age of 39 years and I was left to bring up the children.

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