For many - issues affecting the family centre on the basic struggle to survive

New Zealand particpants will be sending posts from the Synod on Marriage and the Family in Rome this month. Here is a post from Dr John Kleinsman.

I am well bedded into the process of the Synod after just two days. As an "auditor" (expert) it is my role, along with others, to synthesise the three minute interventions of the Bishops and and other intrervenors, capturing the key points they are making. There are five of us responsible for all of the English interventions and we work together. Once completed we send our synthesis through to the General Secretariat where it is formed into a document.

So far there have been over 70 interventions on a range of topics related to the working document for the synod (Instrumentum Laboris). I have been amazed by the breadth of the interventions ... for many of the countries represented, the issues affecting the family centre on the basic struggle to survive. It was very humbling to listen to Bishops speaking of such issues as child trafficking, child labour, refugees and migration ,the effects of war, violence towards women and the lasting "anthropological scars" of decades of totalitarian governments. This morning my wife Kerry and I had an opportunity to attend Mass at the tomb of Pope John XXIII - which was very moving.

Dr John Kleinsman is the Director of the Nathaniel Centre, the Catholic Biethics agency. He is married with three adult children.