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
Looking to the 2015 Synod
Tom Reese Interview
Francis is asking us to take sides
Time for bishops to imitate Francis on consulting priests and laity
From Bob MIckens
Francis: Let us break down the wall that divides us
CCRI's 2015 Plans
Pope Francis wants to hear from you. He is eager to know you and your family. Take this Survey now. It is an opportunity to share the challenges of your family life with him and how effective the Church's pastoral care has been for you. Hurry as deadline ismid-March 2015.
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 in 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.
We can't leave the reform of the Church up to the all male hierarchy. Pope Francis needs to hear from us. Support him by making your voice heard at the Synod. In addition to taking our survey, you may also want to hold a listening session with your friends or in you parish. Click here for all you need.
The Questionnaire released by the Synod is failing. In fact, we fear that it was designed to fail. As a worldwide network, our greatest concern is that the Lineamenta Questionnaire released by the Vatican Secretariat is not accomplishing the wishes of Pope Francis. He directed the Synod Fathers "to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront.” (Pope Francis, Concluding Discourse, 18 October 2014). But once one begins to read the 46 questions (actually 94) that all require essay-type responses, it becomes evident that the questionnaire is unworkable. We at CCRI feel this questionnaire is doomed to fail. In fact, we suspect it was designed to fail. We have also been monitoring diocesan websites around the world and we are hardpressed to find many bishops using the Vatican Questionnaire. It is so overwhelming and complex that it would appear even most bishops reallize its uselessness and find themselves stymied how to go about gathering the feedback of their people. Consequently, we have written an Open Letter to Pope Francisand invite you to go there now to join us in signing.
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.
CCRI's 2014 1st Worldwide Gathering in Rome
was well receivedTo follow our day to day reports of events and happenings in Rome, go to www.CatholicChurchReform.com/blog.
Church Reform representatives share hopes for the Synod and action steps being taken
Left to right: Reyanna Rice, Concerned Catholics of Montana, U.S.; Mary Beth Stein, Council of the Baptized, U.S.; Dr. Karl Rodig, Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ, international;Clyde Christofferson, NOVA, U.S.; Brendan Butler, We Are Church, Ireland; Scilla Stack, Women and the Australian Church; Kate McElwee, Women's Ordination Conference and Catholic Organizations for Renewal; Sr. Mary John Mananzan, Office of Women and Gender Affairs, Philippines; Elizabeth Price, U.K.; Ed Schreurs, Vision of the Faithful Catholics, Netherlands; Marilyn Hatton, Australian Catholic Coalition of Church Renewal; Paul Collins, Catholics for Ministry, Australia. Not in photo: Janet Hauter, American Catholic Council, U.S.; Noel McCann, Association of Catholics, Ireland; Fr. Keith Brennan, Association of U.S. Catholic Priests; John Buggy, Australian Reforming Catholics; Martha Heizer, International Movement We Are Church; Deb Rose-Milavec, Future Church, U.S.; Susannan Birke, Switzerland.
Listen to our speakers for the Forum on the Family.
Read about our four-day series with CCRI, IMWAC, ACC, Future Church, WOW/WOC/Women Priests, AUSCP, and several Australian Groups all working together in Rome for the renewal of our Church.
St. Peter's Square on the opening day of the Synod
Front row left to right: Sr. Filo, CCRI Board of Directors; Deb Rose-Milavec with Future Church; Rene Reid, CCRI; Janet Hauter, ACC and CCRI; Marilyn Hatton with ACCCR, Australia; Fr. Keith Brennan, Assoc. of U.S. Catholic Priests and our celebrant for our Mass. Back row left to right: Nerina Murray and Norm Murray, Canada; Susanna Birke, Switzerland (behind Filo but can't be seen); Miriam Duignan, Women Priests, U.K.; John Buggy, Australian Reforming Catholics and CCRI; Martha Heizer, We Are Church, Austria.
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is a movement seeking needed reforms in the Church.
of more than a hundred reform groups as well
as 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.
A Church Reformer's Prayer
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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