23 April 2015, The Tablet

Timeline: The Synod’s questions and the laity’s responses

December 2014: Rome issues lineamenta or guidelines for Ordinary Synod to the worldwide Church inviting a wide-ranging consultation. The aim of this dialogue is to reflect “true spiritual discernment” on themes relating to marriage and family life that emerged from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family held in Rome in October 2014. It contains 46 questions, or some 120 including sub-questions. It was sent to bishops’ conferences with a response deadline of 15 April 2015.Late December 2014: Bishops of England and Wales say they will give an official response to the lineamenta after taking soundings from every diocese. In addition, they announce separate consultations for laity, in the form of a six-question leaflet entitled “The Call, the Journey and the Mission&rdq
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