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Archbishop gathers information for synod
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Archbishop Alexander Sample
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
Archbishop Alexander Sample

Archbishop Alexander Sample is gathering information about Archdiocese of Portland parishioners' attitudes and understandings of Catholic teachings on marriage and the family. The information will be sent to the Vatican for consideration in next fall's extraordinary Synod of Bishops.

The archbishop has asked archdiocesan pastoral and presbyteral councils to gather the information. The results to be sent to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by the end of the year.

Pastors are choosing various means of consulting parishioners.

Extraordinary synods are intended to "deal with matters which require a speedy solution."

On a flight back to Rome from Rio de Janeiro in July, the pope told reporters that the synod next fall would explore a "somewhat deeper pastoral care of marriage."

Although preparations for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will include an assessment of Catholics' attitudes toward relevant church teachings, the synod's work will be based on Catholic doctrine and not on current public opinion, Vatican officials said.

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