| Survey responses collected,
forwarded on to US bishops
The bishop of Oakland received 540 responses to a survey on marriage and family life, and has forwarded the information to the U.S. Conference of Bishops.
Bishops around the world were asked to take a realistic look at the situation of families under their care and at how effective pastoral and educational programs have been at promoting Church teaching on sexuality, marriage and family life.
The preparatory document for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, which will be held in October 2014, included 38 questions about how church teaching is promoted, how well it is accepted and ways in which modern people and societies challenge the Catholic view of marriage and family.
In the Diocese of Oakland, the survey was available online and in paper form. Thirteen written surveys were received, the remainder were submitted online. Eight surveys were submitted in Spanish.
The 540 surveys include responses received from parishes and groups that responded together.
Of the respondents, 13 identified themselves as priests; 220 as parents; two as deacons; 13 as professed religious; 43 as teachers; 61 as catechists; one as a seminarian; and 27 as members of a lay association or movement.
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