01 October 2015, The Tablet

Ready for the Synod

We asked participants what they have been doing to prepare themselves for the Synod on the Family Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, president of the Bishops’ Conference of IrelandI found it very helpful to study the responses to the lineamenta questionnaire from hundreds of women and men across the archdiocese. Many people have written to me as individuals or as members of groups from right across the spectrum of opinion in relation to the more controversial issues emerging from the Extraordinary Synod. I have also benefited greatly from talking to married couples, and groups working in the preparation and pastoral support of marriage. In August I initiated “Fifty Days of Prayer” for the Synod and I have had a final intense discussion with my fellow Irish bishops
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