The Vatican has called on important church figures around the world to find out what their parishioners think about subjects such as gay marriage, divorce, and birth control, the Big News Network website reports today (November 2, 2013).
Bishops and parish priests will issue an informal survey on the issues preceding a meeting of bishops next year.
The next Roman Catholic synod -- which is scheduled to meet in October 2014 -- will discuss issues such as including gay couples and their adopted children in the Church.
A questionnaire relating to the once taboo subjects was sent in October and announced on the National Catholic Reporter's website this week. Many bishops have already posted the survey online, so that Catholics and others can respond to it.