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Vatican Survey on Marriage and Family


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One in four people in the Perth metropolitan and rural areas is being asked to take part in a Vatican survey initiated by Pope Francis on marriage and the family.

The questionnaire asks how the family is supported by both the Church and society. It poses questions on marriage, divorce, same-sex attraction, parenting and other challenges that affect contemporary family life.

Every Catholic, whether active or inactive in practising the Christian faith, is encouraged to take part before the survey deadline of Thursday, 12 February.

According to the 2011 national census, Roman Catholics make up 24.4 percent of those who affiliate themselves to a religious body making them the largest individual faith grouping in the Perth region.

The survey results will form the basis of a global synod of Catholic bishops due to take place at the Vatican from October 4 to 25, 2015. The main theme of discussions at the upcoming synod will be 'The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World'.

This synod follows an earlier extraordinary synod in the Vatican in October, 2014 which discussed the family and brought together about 90 percent of the world's bishops' conferences, the heads of Eastern Catholic churches, around 800 Catholic organizations and Vatican officials.

The results of the 2014 extraordinary synod are now contained in a working document, or Lineamenta, prepared for the 2015 Synod. Catholics are asked to read and reflect upon the Lineamenta and to then answer 30 questions.

Speaking on the survey, the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, the Most Rev Tim Costelloe, said that it offers a great opportunity for the Church to listen carefully to the lives of all those in the Perth region who, to whatever degree, identify as Catholic.

“I am hoping that those who see themselves on the edges of the Church, or who feel excluded from it, will consider responding.” said Archbishop Costelloe. “Their opinions are particularly important.”

“My desire is that a substantial number of Catholics will respond to at least some of the questions being posed. We are keen to listen.”

The questionnaire can be completed online (see below) and typed and written responses can be sent by email, fax, and mail and the survey can also be accessed via Facebook (perthcatholic) and via Twitter (@Perth_Catholic)


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To access and download the Lineamenta (also called Relatio Synodi and working document) click either pdf 428 KB or docx 62KB

To download a copy of the Survey Poster click either pdf 159 KB or jpg 1.2 MB


To complete the survey:

Please note that you will have only one attempt at being able to access the survey online at Survey Monkey (option 1 below). With this in mind, we advise that you first download the 30 Questions (see option 2 below) and decide which questions you wish to respond to while making some brief notes about what you desire to say. This will save you time and should also permit you to access and complete the survey if filling it in online via option 1 below.
For your information, the survey is taking many people up to 90 minutes to complete in its entirety. You may be better responding via email, fax or mail (options 2, 3 & 4) if you do not easily have a time window of up to 90 minutes.

1) Online - go to

2) Email - download Perth Archdiocese's 30 Questions (pdf 452 KB or doc 47 KB)

3) Fax - download the Pro-forma Questionnaire (pdf 462 KB or docx 82 KB) and fax your written/typed responses to 08 9325 4580

4) Mail - download the Pro-forma Questionnaire (pdf 462 KB or docx 82 KB) and send your written/typed responses to Vatican Survey, PO Box 3075, Perth, WA 6832 (please allow three working days for mail to be received)