Public Consultation Prolonged in Preparation for the Synod on Young People

Source: FSSPX News

With a disappointing response to the Vatican’s online questionnaire, the Holy See has decided to prolong for an extra month the consultation of young people in preparation for the Synod in October of 2018.


An online questionnaire is a novel method for preparing a synod. This is the first time Rome has organized a direct consultation at the same time as the consultations habitually conducted by the dioceses, as was the case for the Synod on the Family.

These consultations result in reports that are used to draw up the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document that serves as a basis for the synod’s work. In France, the report drawn up by the Bishops’ Conference of France was sent to Rome in October, and published in the beginning of November.

Nevertheless, this approach was not as successful as hoped. At the end of October, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod, announced that the questionnaire had received 65,000 answers; a small number, given the Vatican’s ambition of reaching out to young people everywhere in the world.

The consultation that was supposed to draw to a close on November 30 has been prolonged until December 31, 2017, to give social media a chance to relaunch a reaction.

These methods of work correspond to the dialogue that has been advocated for over half a century now by the authorities of the Church, after the example of Pope Paul VI and his encyclical Ecclesiam Suam. At a time when souls need more than ever to hear the Church preach clearly and show them the way of salvation, she prefers to listen to the world and its needs, seeking to discern expectations and the signs of the times in order to comply with them most democratically. The online questionnaire is but the last resort of a Church that is “looking for herself”, while the world is dying of not hearing the saving truths it so badly needs