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Question from Concerned on 11/5/2013:

I read in the news today that the Pope has sent a survey in order to accept gays to be married in the church and to accept divorced people to remarriage without the need to annul their religious Roman Catholic marriage. This news are being reported in the USA media. We are concern that the Holy Father is going to cave to political pressure listening to Americans that are not Catholics, while us and the rest of catholic members in the world we believe in the sacrament of marriage. Can a press release be made about the Pope plans? Thanks.

Answer by Judie Brown on 11/9/2013:

CONCERNED

The POPE did not send a survey. Please read the facts in this article: http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=19585

It says in part

It is “not true” that the Vatican is taking a poll to assess Catholics’ opinions on marriage issues in preparation for the 2014 Synod on the family, the Vatican press office has clarified.

Responding to a story that appeared in National Catholic Reporter—and has been repeated frequently in the English-speaking media—Father Federico Lombardi told the Catholic News Agency that a series of questions issued by the Synod office was “sent to bishops’ conferences throughout the world,” rather than an opinion poll. The Vatican spokesman also pointed out that the questions asked by the Synod “are not regarding the doctrinal position of the Church,” but aimed to solicit information about pastoral practices and public attitudes in different societies.

Judie Brown



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