Pope Francis has dedicated the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be focused on the theme of “Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” It will be held in October 2018.
In preparation for the synod, a survey has been constructed by the Office of the General Secretariat of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, asking the young people of the world to provide some insight into “what is it like to be a young person in the Catholic Church Today.”
Never before, in the history of the Catholic Church, has there ever been such an extensive survey of young people to get their views and opinions.
The Secretariat is asking all young people, ages 16-29 years old to go to the USCCB website to take the survey. Or click here to go directly to the survey. At the survey, you may select English for the language.
The Vatican launched a website devoted specifically to the 2018 Synod. On this website, you can also find the survey, but most of the website is in Italian and takes a little more navigating to find the English version.
The broad survey includes questions about education, home and family life, what young people think about themselves, and how much trust they have in institutions such as the government and the Church.
It is part of an “extensive consultation that the General Secretariat is doing at all levels of the people of God,” according to a Vatican statement.
“Through every phase of this Synod, the Church wants again to state her desire to encounter, accompany and care for every young person, without exception,” the preparatory document reads.
“The Church cannot, nor does she wish to, abandon them to the isolation and exclusion to which the world exposes them.”
According to the document, the Church wants to ask young people how best to reach them with the message of the Gospel.
“By listening to young people, the Church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world. Listening to their aspirations, the Church can glimpse into the world which lies ahead and the paths the Church is called to follow.”
The answers to the survey will be sent to the synod’s Secretary General, Cardinal Baldisseri, through November 30, 2017, and will be used to provide the bishops with an understanding of what it’s like to be a young person in the Church today.