"The Vatican has asked national bishops' conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking for their opinions on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce.
Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Vatican's Synod of Bishops, asked the conferences to distribute the poll "immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received."
The poll, which comes in a questionnaire sent to national bishops' conferences globally in preparation for a Vatican synod on the family next October, is the first time the church's central hierarchy has asked for such input from grass-roots Catholics since at least the establishment of the synod system following the Second Vatican Council."
Cathcon- the church is not a democracy. Moral truth, derived from universal and natural law is not susceptible to democratic vote. If the Pope turns the Church into a consultative democracy, he will open the way to his own deposition by the forces which he unleashes.
For the last fifty years, the deficiencies of the teaching office of the church is matters of faith and morals only means that this consultation will produce one long scream to adapt to the ways of the modern world.
Rather, in the words of G.K.Chesterton,