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Title: Preparations for the Extraordinary Synod in Mexico
Subtitle: The Perspective from Tlalnepantla
Author(s): PESCHARD, Norma
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 20 Issue: 1 Date: 2014
The present article aims to share some reflections on the significance of marriage and the family, on the basis of the consultation carried out in Mexico last autumn and winter among people of various ages and states of life, in preparation for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops. The observations made in the course of this analysis depict a process of change in family structures. The ongoing cultural changes have made a considerable impact on the values of our families, generating difficulties and areas of shadow. In many cases, the growth of new customs and confusing definitions tend to support positions contrary to the essence of marriage and of the family. This article has three parts. Part 1 is descriptive: it consists of an introduction and some general reflections on the consultation itself and on the topics discussed. Part 2 analyses the consultation in Mexico, especially in the archdiocese of Tlalnepantla, to see how the church is responding to the current challenges to marriage and family life. A summary of the responses to the questionnaire is given. Part 3 concludes by speaking of the expectations of the church in our country with regard to the coming Synod.