The People Speak Out

Welcome to The People Speak Out.

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Please share your heartfelt story by clicking on the relevant topic as listed in our main menu.. We do not have the resources to verify individual stories, so we rely upon the good faith and veracity of the story teller.  We ask that you speak from the heart.

If you could sit down with Pope Francis and share with him the faith and life experiences of you and your family, what would you say?  You actually do have a way to share these experiences.  Join us as The People Speak Out.  This is a global feedback process inviting you to share your stories and  offering Pope Francis an opportunity to encounter you and learn about your Catholic experience.  Through your voices, he and his bishops will gain a better understanding of contemporary family life.

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Speaking of the Synod, Francis has said: “This important meeting will involve all the People of God – bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world – all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer.  Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever.  This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church.”

Whether an active Catholic or one who has drifted away, whether a priest, religious, or lay, the baptized faithful “have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful.” [Canon law 212:3]

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We can be silent no longer!  Pope Francis has asked all of us to participate in the Synodal process.  Your views, your experiences, your very personal stories must be shared: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Reading your stories will help those attending the Synod to fully grasp the beauty, the grace, the challenges, and the heartaches that families experience.  Jesus taught through parables and it is only fitting to follow this model to help those attending the Synod to understand the full portrait of family life in a global context.

We have developed a way for you to do this through a non-partisan instrument welcoming all – conservative, liberal, practicing and non-practicing Catholics – to tell their stories.  The People Speak Out is comprised of topics of concern to families based on several global surveys conducted over the past two years.  Through these surveys you have let it be known the topics that most concern you, all of which have been summarized in our Jubilee Year of Mercy paper [].  These   areas, identified by Catholics worldwide, are of vital concern to Pope Francis’s meeting with the world’s bishops. This meeting on the pastoral needs of families takes place in Rome this October, progressing toward the  opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015.

So, we invite each of you to open your heart and share your stories – your parables – in an unfiltered, unedited, and undirected process with Francis and his bishops. Feel free to respond to any one or all of the topics. We would invite you to stand behind your stories by including your name, email, and country of residence. However, if you prefer anonymity, you may simply sign with something like “a wounded soul from the Netherlands.”  Together, we can truly participate in this upcoming Synod by responding to Pope Francis’s call and encouraging our bishops to formulate the principles that unite and serve us to transform the Roman Catholic Church into one that is welcoming to all, inviting to the wounded and downtrodden, and nurturing to all in need of healing.

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Note: While you are invited to share your stories, blog posts containing personal attacks (e.g. harassment, defamation or other offensive content) may be reviewed and not be posted.  If you do not see your post on the blog, it may not yet have been reviewed. On this site, we are inviting people to share their innermost heart and very personal stories about their blessings and struggles with the Roman Catholic Church. We urge all who participate on this site to be respectful.