Are you a Millennial with Internet access and opinions? If so, the Vatican may want to hear from you.
In preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome , the Catholic Church is asking bishops from all over the world to survey the youth of their dioceses, asking them various questions regarding the 2018 Synod theme, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” As a result, the Vatican has launched a website with information about this upcoming synod and a link to the questionnaire, which can be found HERE. (Note- you may need to change the language from Italian to English; the setting is in the top right corner)
As Josh J. McElwee reported in the National Catholic Reporter:
Pope Francis also issued a separate public letter to young people Friday, asking them to consider the document and think of it as a “compass” on the path towards the synod.
“The Church … wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism,” the pontiff told youths. “Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.”
“St. Benedict urged the abbots to consult, even the young, before any important decision, because ‘the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best,” wrote Francis. “Such is the case, even in the journey of this synod. My brother bishops and I want even more to ‘work with you for your joy.'”
Questions on the survey include ones such as the first one, which reads: “In what manner does the Church listen to the lived situations of young people?” Having taken it myself, I was pleased with the phrasing of the questions, which reflected a sort of honesty, openness, and willingness to hear my lived experiences in regards to Church, participation, and life. Pope Francis, whose pontificate has been marked by famous quotes like “Who am I to judge?”, seems to be steering the world’s bishops in the direction of accompaniment, joy, and listening with a pastor’s heart. I am happy to see that this questionnaire launched ONLINE, especially because the questionnaire for the last synod (the 2014 Synod on the Family) was awkwardly distributed through parishes via hard copy… and many Catholics reported that they themselves hadn’t even heard about the questionnaire, let alone received it.
Clearly, in this digital age, it is easier now more than ever to make your voice heard. The Vatican is asking young people for their input… now it’s simply time for Millennials to give it. Take the survey (link above) today!