KCBS news radio spoke with Saint Mary's history professor. Br. Charles Hilken about a new Vatican questionnaire that seeks opinions from the world's one billion Catholics about the Church and social issues such as same-sex marriage, cohabitation by unwed couples, contraception and the place of divorced and remarried people in the church.
Br. Charles, who is the also the director of the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action, said the survey reflects the stamp of Pope Francis and his inclusive pastoral approach and is a way to ascertain the perspectives of Catholics on contemporary family matters.
A result of the questionnaire, Hilken surmised, is a possible revising of rules related to the area of marriage, such adjusting the manner in which annulments are granted. Bishops from around the globe will gather in Rome in the fall of 2014 to review the survey responses.