Okay, peeps. I know you’re out there, and I know you’re reading my blog. But I rarely get comments. I don’t take it personally, although I do occasionally wonder why some blogs get oodles of comments and other blogs get none. Perhaps I need to blog about more controversial topics, like vaccines or something. But I’m not that desperate for comments.
A few months ago, I blogged about the controversy surrounding the Synod on the family. One thing that struck me (but not surprised me) was how the hot-button issues of communion for the remarried and homosexuality received all the attention, when there’s so much more we need to be discussing about the family in the world today.
Another thing I noticed, when speaking about the synod with people or reading articles about it online, was that we in the Church can get really focused on what we think is important and possibly miss some issues that people living the life think are important. And I’m not talking about the old “what does a celibate man in Rome know about marriage…”, but rather about myself. As a person who works for the Church and thinks and speaks about the Church every day, I might have a completely different view of things from the average person sitting in the pew. It’s the whole “inside baseball” problem. When I get together with coworkers or people who work in other dioceses, we have a whole host of things we think are issues… but are they really? And are we missing something because we’re so focused on the ad intra problems in the Church?
That being said, this is a honest question for my readers — and I know that you’re out there, even if you don’t comment! What would you like to see come out of next year’s Synod? (Remember, we’re doing this all over again next fall!)
What are some issues you would like to see discussed? What are your thoughts about family life in the United States? About family life in the Church in the United States? Is there something you think might be ignored because it’s not “hot-button” enough? Or are there positive things you think aren’t celebrated enough?
I would honestly like to hear from you — as people in the pew … or as people who aren’t in the pew! If there’s going to be honest and fruitful discussion happening, those of us who work for the Church need to hear what you all think. After all, you are the Body of Christ.
So here’s my desperate plea… not just for comments, but for thoughts and feedback. If you don’t want to comment publicly but have something to share, feel free to head over to the contact tab.