An open letter to Bishop Kevin Farrell, (2 September 2016)

An open letter to Bishop Kevin Farrell, newly appointed as head of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

Dear Bishop Farrell:By Andrewincowtown (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Congratulations on your appointment as the head of the newly established department for the Laity, Family and Life. We are pleased to see the implementation of this office so soon after the publication of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

Admittedly, at first some of us were disappointed that a lay person, a family man or woman, was not assigned to head the department for the laity, family and life. However, as we learn more about you, it appears that, if a bishop must be placed in this role, that you an excellent choice. We are most gratified to know that you share Pope Francis pastoral vision for the church and have long pushed for a greater involvement of the laity in the life of the church. In setting out a description of the role of this new department, the Vatican reports that the dicastery will “have responsibility for lay associations and movements in the church.” With this understanding, we urge you to seriously consider the following: