Editor's note: When I read Michael O'Loughlin story on how the U.S. bishops responded to the Vatican's synod questionnaire, I wasn't too surprised.
Of the almost 200 Catholic dioceses in the United States, just over a third were given the opportunity to respond to the Vatican's questionnaire for the synod on the family.
NCR Today: In a letter to families, Pope Francis asks for prayers for the October synod and assures Catholics that "all the People of God" will be involved in it.
Members of the College of Cardinals say Pope Francis is looking for discussion in a process that has been "misunderstood."
Pope Francis began meeting Monday for the third time with the Council of Cardinals, but it remains unclear just what reforms are in the offing.
Faith and Justice: In his new column, Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese looks at a mistake Pope Francis has made that could undermine his attempts at reform.
"The consultation must gather information from the grass roots and not limit itself to the level of the Curia or other institutions," said Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri.
We say: If Pope Francis wants to sustain Catholics' interest and excitement, the time is fast approaching when he must deliver something tangible.
Organizing an effort to listen "as widely as possible" to Catholics views on various issues takes time and dedication, as previous synods show.