Bishop Martin Amos invites the people of the Diocese of Davenport to share their thoughts on the document produced from last year’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. Worldwide responses to that document, “Relatio Synodi,” will be incorporated into a working document for this year’s world Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held in October. That document is called a “Lineamenta.”
“We are being asked to comment on the ‘Lineamenta’ questions,” Bishop Amos said. “The document and the questions are divided into three parts. I plan on submitting a summary on each part rather than on each question. If you have a comment on any particular question or any particular part I would ask that you email it by Feb. 13 to Marianne Agnoli, coordinator of Family Formation/Lay Ministry Formation, at agnolim@davenportdiocese. org.” The 25-page document is available for viewing.
Bishop Amos and his staff will compile responses from individuals, Diocesan Pastoral Council, Presbyteral Council, Tribunal and other organizations and entities for a report to be submitted to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz will compile reports from all of the U.S. bishops and submit an executive summary to the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops. The U.S. bishops’ individual reports also will be sent to the Holy See. That was the same process used for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops.
“This process is intended to seek the broadest consultation about the vocation and mission of the family in the church and contemporary world,” Bishop Amos said. “Your input is very important to me.”