It’s out in the open that Pope Francis and next Fall’s Family Synod planners are intent on soliciting the input of Catholic laity. The bishops of England and Wales seem to have hit the ground running. David Gibson reports otherwise on this side of the Atlantic:
(S)ome American bishops privately expressed frustration that they had not been notified sooner about the Vatican request and that there was as yet no national plan for soliciting input from U.S. Catholics.
The curia has effectively derailed any national-level cooperation among our bishops. On the other hand, it would take a good person a day to review the preliminary doc from Rome and set up a nice survey. Not hard. Or it would take 200 people to do it for each and every diocese. Imagine: several dozen lay people setting up surveys–I imagine there would be a lot of insecurity about that.
What would you say to organizing input on this site? It might not go “anywhere” in the sense that no bishop is going to surf here to take notes. And what you send to your own bishop might not go anywhere, period. But I think we could have an interesting discussion. What do you say?