"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

German Bishops Publish Results of Questionnaire

JMarriageThe German and Swiss Catholic Bishops Conferences are the first to publish initial analyses of last year's Vatican questionnaire, sent to dioceses around the world in preparation for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 2014.

The German bishops' report, published in German, English and Italian, praises the participants in the survey. They said: "Despite the linguistic style of the questions, which many criticised as being difficult to understand, many individuals and bodies have taken the initiative themselves and have studied the preparatory document for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and sent to the dioceses their responses to the questions which it contains."  Read full report