Open Letter to Pope Francis regarding married Roman Catholic Priests
Common Priesthood of Women
French people respond to Synod Survey
Pact of the Catecombs
Global Church Reform Group backs U.S. request for married priests dialogue
German Bishops think Sacraments should be okay for Divorced/Remarried
New Qstionnaire released by Synod for all the Faithful
Rome Bishops to rethink Pastoral Care of Families
Marginalized Catholics "very hopeful" about apacy of Francis
Bishop offers solution to Divorce/Remarriage
A walk through the Synod on the Family from start to date
Towards the synod: India's multiculturalism, a challenge and a resource for Christian families
Final report from the Synod now in English
Letter from Cardinal Nichols reporting on the 2014 Synod
The People Speak
Our Jubilee Year of Mercy Paper is now ready to send out to Bishops, Clergy, Pastors, Synod attendees, Nuncios, everyone who might have an influence on the 2015 Synod. Please join with us in getting this paper out which summarizes the results of our survey where The People Speak and give an ineffective and sometimes very ineffective rating to the Church hierarchy on the effects of Church teachings on families today. The topics include Divorce and Remarriage, Catholics leaving the Church, LGBT,Use of Contraceptives, Role of Women, Cohabitation, and more. The objective of this paper is to give our support to Pope Francis's Jubilee Year of Mercy which officially begins this December.
Support Future Church's Letter to U. S. Bishops
Join FutureChurch's efforts today by signing our Open Letter to the U.S. Bishops urging them to open a discussion at their next general assembly in November with a view to presenting concrete suggestions for opening ordination to Pope Francis. Following his model, we urge the USCCB to undertake a fresh examination of our early church tradition of a married and celibate priesthood, a diaconate served by women and men, and invite priests who have married back to ministry. Please encourage local bishops to open this important dialogue at a diocesan level particularly in the areas most affected by the priest shortage.
Go to www.futurechurch.org/actions/openletter2014 to sign the letter and forward it onto others.
We are currently seeking to expand our outreach
If you are interested in joining with reform-minded people to support Pope Francis in transformoing our Church from an institution of prescriptive rules into an inclusive and welcomng community, please take a moment to share a bit of information with us.
CCRI has delivered our response to the Synod Questionnaire
The Questionnaire released by the Synod has closed. We not only see it as having failed to reach the people of God as Pope Francis had requested. We fear that it was designed to fail. As a worldwide network, our greatest concern is that the complexity of the Lineamenta Questionnaire has deterred the majority of people from participating. For this reason, CCRI chose to create our own more user-friendly survey. Click here to read the summary report of the 2400+ responses delivered to the Synod on April 13, just prior to their April 15 deadline.
Our co-founder, Robert Blair Kaiser, passed away Holy Thursday
Please join with us in offering your tributes
Tribute to Bob Kaiser in Catholica
Tribute to Bob Kaiser in National Catholic Reporter
Holy Spirit Come
Global Pulse Magazine by Robert Mickens
Human Face of Vatican II given by Robert Blair Kaiser
CCRI's 2015 Plans
As we spend this year preparing for the 2015 Ordinary Synod, CCRI strives to reform our Church from an exclusive club made up of members who keep all the rules to an inclusive community where all are welcomed. Like Pope Francis, our vision is a Church more like a field hospital: nursing the wounded, welcoming the forsaken, showing compassion to those hurting, and fogiving those who have made mistakes along the way. See our strategy plans outlined through October 2015.
We can't leave the reform of the Church up to the all male hierarchy. Pope Francis needs to hear from us. In the near future, we will be providing you with a Living Voice Register giving everyone the opportunity to share your personal experiences of how church teachings have impacted your lives- for better or for worse. How has the church helped you in your lives and how, if at all, how church teachings caused you pain?
Send a letter to your Apostolic Nuncio. CCRI has sent a letter to the U.S. Nuncio asking him to notify Pope Francis of our concerns. We have drafted a model letter to Nuncios all over the world for your convenience. We encourage you to send this letter adding your own unique concerns pertinent to your country. You can go here now to find the email address of each Apostolic Nucnio worldwide.
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of more than a hundred reform groups and individuals from 65 countries. If you would like to collaborate with us to
continue on the path set by Vatican II, you have come to
the right place. Welcome!
If there is to be any reform
of any kind in the Catholic Church, it must begin with the people having a voice.
The need has never been greater than it is at this moment
in time for the People of God to unite our voices so as to be strong enough to be heard in our Church.
Our special advisor,
Sr. Joan Chittister, reminds us:
"Until we raise a common voice we will not only not be heard,
we will not even be listened to in the light of larger issues
and larger groups, all clamoring for attention."
See the worldwide organizations who have joined together to speak out to Pope Francis about the reform of our Church.
Alone, the pope cannot change the world. A pope for
the people must have a people for the pope. This
initiative gives us a means of being with Pope Francis.
Gaston Roberge, SJ, India
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